Hidden pieces of an older New York are peeking through a couple of contemporary storefronts on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea.
This generic deli awning on the corner at 21st Street doesn’t conceal the previous tenant, the perfectly straightforward Chelsea Wine & Liquor Company.
A little further up the same side of the street is this old-school signage for Chelsea Merit Florists (minus the final two letters).
Another sign tells us they’ve been in business since 1930—but these days, the Merit is gone from the name.
Funeral Designs—interesting service to advertise on a storefront!