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“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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Fri 11 2014 , by

The last of…in NYC

from New York magazine: http://nymag.com/guides/everything/last-chance-new-york/?mid=facebook_nymag

The Everything Guide to Last-Chance New York

Video stores, wooden telephone booths, big-screen smut: Experience these iconic spots before they go the way of Bleecker Bob’s and Pearl Paint.

The word in early November that beloved Broadway diner Cafe Edison would soon be serving its last bowl of matzo-ball soup was, unfortunately, not the only devastating closing news of 2014 (see also Smith’s, Pearl Paint, Kim’s Video, Milady’s, Ding Dong Lounge, Rizzoli, and Shakespeare and Company). But while it’s indeed been a particularly brutal year for a certain kind of classic spot, New Yorkers, remember, have long been prone to head-shaking and “back-when”-ing—from the time the last couple met up under the clock at the Biltmore to the day the lone remaining Afghan-rug shop on Bleecker Street made way for Brooks Brothers. Amid the nostalgia-fests and #SaveCafeEdison lunch mobs, it’s easy to forget the stalwarts still hanging on. Here, we offer a spotlight on the places that belong to a dying breed of shop (or mobile knife sharpener, or roller rink), which are in many cases the very last of their kind. Get to these glove-makers, fleabag hotels, Chino-Cuban eateries, dirt roads, and seltzer men while you still can.

Wooden Telephone Booths

Among only a handful of working wooden telephone booths left in the city (including those at the Harvard Club, the Frick, and Bamonte’s restaurant in Williamsburg) are the three spread across separate floors of the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (above). Installed when the building opened in 1911, these booths include vintage folding doors, wooden seats, electric lights, and ventilation fans. These days they’ve become more of a prime backdrop for selfies, but outgoing calls are still possible for the price of a quarter.

Art-House Movie Rentals

Cinephiles in the city took a gut punch when Kim’s, the St. Marks Place mecca of niche video rentals, closed in 2009 (the last branch, on First Avenue, shuttered this summer). Others like it still remaining: Two Boots Video (42 Ave. A., nr. 3rd St.; 212-254-1441), which opened in 1996 and whose 5,000-title collection is heavy on Criterion, cult classics, and foreign films; Video Free Brooklyn (244 Smith St., nr. Douglass St., Carroll Gardens; 718-855-6130), which started in 2002; and Videology (308 Bedford Ave., nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg; 718-782-3468), which opened in 2003 as a stand-alone video-rental shop but has expanded with an in-store bar and screening room that shows horror classics like Nosferatu and music-video marathons.

Society Dance Classes

The 1930-founded ballroom-dance school Barclay (its multiple locations include an outpost on the Upper East Side) is one of the last programs of its kind, in addition to the Knickerbocker and the Heights Casino. Here, three alums who went on to put their children through the same white-gloved rite of passage.

“I had a huge crush on this one redheaded little boy.

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