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Jan ,2015

“44 Amazing NYC Places That Actually Still Exist” (Buzzfeed).

Most are bars and restaurants.

A lot of classic New York City spots might be disappearing, but you can still go to these distinctive shops, bars, and restaurants. For now, anyway.

1. Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village)

Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village)

Jeffrey Bary / Via Flickr: 70118259@N00

Russ & Daughters, a family-operated “appetizing store” focused on selling traditional Jewish fish and dairy products, has been a fixture of the Lower East Side since 1914. It’s one of the only existing stores in the entire country dedicated to appetizing.

2. Eddie’s Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1 (Forest Hills)

Eddie's Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1 (Forest Hills)

Joe Shlabotnik / Via Flickr: joeshlabotnik

Eddie’s Sweet Shop is an old school ice cream parlor and soda fountain that has served the neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, for over a century. It’s not too hard to find ice cream shops that aspire to capturing the vibe of an old-timey soda fountain, but this is the real deal.

3. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village)

Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village)

Postdlf / Via

Strand may be the single most beloved and iconic used book store in the entire city, and has been a destination for bibliophiles around the world for nearly a century. The store contains a staggering amount of books and truly lives up to its hype.

4. Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J (Midwood)

Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J (Midwood)

apasciuto / Via Flickr: apasciuto

Di Fara has been around since the mid-’60s but made the shift from local treasure to a destination spot for world class pizza sometime in the past decade or so. The pizza is so good that people are willing to travel from all over the city and wait for up to three hours to get a pie handcrafted by restaurant founder and pizza auteur Dom DeMarco.

5. Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. (Greenwich Village)

Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. (Greenwich Village)

Daniel Lobo / Via Flickr: daquellamanera

Greenwich Village was once a major destination for record collectors, but this large punk and metal-centric shop is one of the few stores that’s managed to stay open over the years.

6. St. Mark’s Comics, 11 St. Mark’s Place (East Village)

St. Mark's Comics, 11 St. Mark's Place (East Village)

St. Mark’s Place has been heavily gentrified over the past 20 years, but this stalwart comics shop has stuck around despite so many seedy punk and counterculture shops getting replaced with chains like Chipotle and Supercuts. (And yes, this is the comic book store from that one episode of Sex and the City.)

7. Caffe Reggio, 119 Macdougal St. (Greenwich Village)

Caffe Reggio, 119 Macdougal St. (Greenwich Village)

Scott Beale / Via Flickr: laughingsquid

Caffe Reggio has a crucial role in the development of coffee culture in the United States — it was the first establishment to sell cappuccino in America back in the 1920s. The cafe still has its original espresso machine, which dates back to 1902, and was purchased by founder Domenico Parisi when he opened the place in 1927.

8. Old Town Bar on 45 East 18th St.

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Secret Speakeasy is a pop-up event to raise funds and awareness for The Museum Of Interesting Things. 16mm movie fest & party!

A party and film screening, this fundraising event and showing of old films takes place at The Loft at Prince Street 177 Prince Street

Between Thompson & Sullivan street
in Soho NYC 212 274 8757

on Sun Feb 1st
6 pm – 11pm! or more…

Admission price: “$10 to help the museum :)”

Those attending Sunday night’s event might end up on film/video themselves; as “we are shooting part of
a pilot for a possible show at the gig”.

The evening’s attractions include film footage from

“All eras of history some over 100 years old!
See Old 16mm circus, animations, vaudville and more

The Museum has a show featuring
Rare 16mm films from the
1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s

and you get to pick the films allll night!

and many more 16mm as well as a few 8mm films too!
Early 1900’s and some 1800’s
Stereviews and Mutoscope cards!

And a special mentalist show by
The Great Swami !!

A perfect date night or come meet someone new!
There will be refreshments
and you can order food from Spice,
the popular restaurant on our ground floor
They will deliver food just for us!

You can request particular items from their collection to be shown at the event:

Go on our website, see an item
email me
And I Will Bring It For You!


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I don’t know what genuine speakeasies of the Prohibition days served besides alcohol, although it seems that at least some of them, such as the still-operating 21 Club, were bona fide restaurants.  The modern-day “speakeasy’ described below is the first one I’ve heard of which has been known to serve pizza.

From “Pizza Spy A new secret pizzeria on the Bowery”, Inside Hook e-newsletter:

Speakeasies. New York wrote the book on ‘em. Now we’re lousy with ‘em.

Don’t get us wrong — an element of secrecy can make for a great date night. But there’s only room in this town for but so many garter-sleeved shaker jockeys.

Here’s the alternative to that: SRO, the new “speakeasy pizzeria” tucked inside a romantic Bowery boîte and now accepting reservations.

Named for the single-room-occupancy apartments of the Bowery’s gritty heyday, SRO’s the brainchild of Neapolitan pie guru Giulio Adriani: a guy whose pizzaiolo accolades require their own trophy case.

Works like this: enter your email on SRO’s website and you’ll receive a password. Ring the provided number and give them said password in exchange for a reservation.

Then grab your date and pop down to Bowery tapas den Espoleta. Inside you’ll be directed to an unassuming door that leads to a charmingly Lilliputian dining room decked in white subway tile and vintage Bowery photography.

The three-course tasting menu features your choice of pie straight from the wood-burning oven (a rotating menu known to showcase such combos as chorizo and shishito peppers) and wine pairings from SRO’s Master Sommelier.

Great date, no matter how you slice it.

inside Espoleta
334 Bowery
b/t Bond and Great Jones
(212) 466-3301

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