A unique opportunity to experience architectural and sign lettering in a part of New York City that has not yet been ruined by luxury condos and chain stores!

The Legacy of Letters / TDC lettering walk returns to the Bronx this spring to investigate Tremont and Belmont, two contiguous neighborhoods in the middle of The Bronx. Tremont abuts Fordham University to the west and Belmont abuts Fordham to the south. These two neighborhoods are full of the usual lettering delights: public schools, convents and churches, graffiti, candy stores, movie theaters, dry cleaners, and funeral homes.

Belmont is known as the “Little Italy” of The Bronx. The stores on Arthur Avenue are famous enough to compel Manhattanites to make treks there to buy mozzarella, cannoli, cheesecake, and other Italian specialities. We will end our walking tour with a meal in Little Italy.

Paul Shaw has conducted regular walking tours of lettering in New York City since 2005 for the Type Directors Club and other organizations. He has also led similar tours of Boston, Buffalo, and Atlanta for SoTA (the Society of Typographic Aficionados).

Paul is the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System, which has been republished by The MIT Press this year. He has been a calligrapher for over 40 years and has designed 18 typefaces. He is the principal of Paul Shaw / Letter Design, and teaches calligraphy at Parsons School of Design and the history of typography at the School of Visual Arts.

This tour does not meet at Type Directors Club. Registered tour participants will be informed of the exact meeting place prior to the event.