The pharmacy on the corner of Second Avenue and 6th Street (photo via @gvshp_nyc) dates to 1885. The independent drug store (practically an oxymoron in 21st century New York City) has been run by the Palermo family since the early 1960s. Despite the official name of the business being Second Avenue Chemists, the red neon signage announces the location as Block Drug Store. The shop two doors down, called M. Schacht, was an "appetizing store," which was one that sold foods eaten with bagels (largely fish and dairy products). M. Schacht was known for its lox.⠀
📸: Carole Teller⠀
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When I first moved to NYC I took pictures every day. I didn't imagine then how quickly things would change just in my time here. Small businesses are constantly disappearing to sit empty or be knocked down for even more horrid-looking condos. People say this is New York, that it's ever-changing and always has been. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt anyone.