These stationery stores, with their telltale throwback lettering, used to be in every neighborhood all over the city. In need of school supplies, Hello Kitty paraphernalia, and last-minute birthday cards? The Hallmark store was your solution.
These days, their numbers are dwindling, and the stores aren’t looking so spiffy. I guess Duane Reade and Rite-Aid have begun displacing them.
Sam’s Hallmark, above, is in East Harlem.
Serena’s continues to hang in there on East 23rd Street.
Sunnyside still has one too.
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