|E 82nd (credit: Ayesha Fine)|
|The Sign (credit: Ayesha Fine)|
|Wide View (credit: Ayesha Fine)|
|What Once Was (Credit: Forgotten NY)|
Fast forward to this week, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Warby Parker has taken the old space and modified it to their needs. While nothing can match the bronze arched windows stuffed with rare products and concoctions from around the world, nor the hat-like brass awning, much was saved. The sign is still there although the name will change. The diamond tile floors remain, as does the spiral staircase and mezzanine. The building itself retains the same arched windows and architecture while the building has gone from decaying brownstone to a color that resembles a chalkboard. I am not sure if the cornice is coming back as the top 2 floors have been gutted and continue under construction. Eh, it's not everything that I wanted, but it sure could have been much, much worse, and for this I am happy.
Tour Warby Parker's Historic UES Store (Racked 3/19/2014)
Lascoff Drugs Vanishing (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York 7/2012)
Lascoff Pharmacy (Forgotten NY, date unknown)