This leftover presides over the northest corner of Hoyt and Third Place in Brooklyn, not far from the Gowanus. Magic Touch Italian Cuisine doesn't do business anymore and hasn't for 20 years. But the artist who keeps a studio in the building has thoughtfully decided to left the distintive sign intact. The westerly face of the sign says "Cocktail Lounge." With the neon top hat in the middle of the sign, it all seems pretty swanky.
I have no idea what sort of place Magic Touch was. My old longshoreman landlord on Carroll Street told me he used to go there. I asked him if it was any good, and he shrugged and said "It was OK." But that was his answer to everything, basically. The sign's always intrigued me because—well, because it's GREAT!—but also because it's not exactly in the middle of it all. Of course, maybe Third Place buzzed with business once upon a time.