Feel the nostalgia for these Manhattan store signs

Maybe we’ve hit the commercial real estate saturation point, or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

But a lot of vintage store signs seem to have come back into view this year…and have yet to be covered up again by the signage of a new store tenant.

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Holiday shopping season is the perfect time to view the above sign for 1980s Upper West Side store The Last Wound-Up, which specialized in new and retro toys and gadgets powered by a wind-up knob.

The shop was located on Columbus Avenue and 73rd Street. (Thanks to ENY reader Amy for the snap.)

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Before Duane Reade colonized Manhattan, there were pharmacies like this one, spotted on Eighth Avenue in Midtown.

It has no name and no frills—but look at that wonderful 1970s-yellow pestle and mortar icon above the entrance!

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Speaking of no frills, you’ve got to love this sign, on First Avenue in the East Village. The store recently housed an eatery called Tree. But “restaurant” is better, no?

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2 Responses to “Feel the nostalgia for these Manhattan store signs”

  1. Buzz Says:

    I LOVED The Last Wound-Up. I bought many a music box there–and they even helped me when I needed Victrola repairs!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Seems like there’s a lot of love for that little store, especially among UWS’ers of the 1980s…..

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