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Store Name Location, Owners, Other Helpers, etc.
A & P Supermarket on 79th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Alter's News Stand on 79th Street and 1st Avenue
Baskin Robbins Baskin Robbins was on 3rd Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets.
Bunny's Ice Cream Parlor Place to stop off and enjoy some ice cream on a warm night.
Cafe 79 Moved into the Star Pharmacy.
East End Bowl If you bowled in Yorkville, it most likely was in this bowling alley. My older brother was carded here and I got my shoes. Mitch Miller also bowled here.
Eddie's Market On the corner of 80th Street and 1st Avenue.
Family Garden Replaced the Jade Tang restaurant
Fin and Claw The Fin and Claw was on 79th Street and Third Avenue. It was on the northwest side.. by Kathy Grunwald.
Finast Supermarket The Finast, later to become a Shopwell/Food Emporium,  was on York Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets, now a Duane Reade.
Grand Union On 1st Avenue and 75th Street. According to Walt, a high rise called the Saratoga.
Green Kitchen Restaurant On 1st Avenue around 76th or 77th Streets.
Jade Tang On 78th Street and York Avenue, across from PS 158
M H Lampstons On  York Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets. Lampson and Nichols were basically sister stores.
Mann Tang On 79th Street and 1st Avenue, the southwest corner.
Manufacturer Hanover Trust Bank One location on 74th and 1st Avenue, the northwest corner; the other location on 79th and 1st Avenue, the northwest corner.
New York Public Library On York Avenue near 78th Street.
Rappaport's Toy Store ? Toy store on 3rd Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets. Yorkville's equivalent to FAO Schwarz on 5th Ave. Mary Regan.
Ray's Pizza Ray's Pizza was on 76th Street and Third Avenue
Rexall Pharmacy (Star Pharmacy) On the corner of 79th Street and ?
Roslyn bakery On 1st Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets. They had a wonderful assortment of r9olls, pastry, pies, and cakes.
S E Nichols Later to become a Woolworths. On 1st Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets.
Silver Moon Restaurant The Silver Moon Restaurant was an Italian restaurant on 2nd Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets.
St. Monica's Church Between 1st and 2nd Avenue on 79th Street.
Star Pharmacy on 79th and 1st
Suburban Meat Market On York Ave between 78th and 79th streets. I was a delivery boy for them in the late 50's. Ed Smith
Twin Donut on 79th and 1st (next to Star Pharmacy) around 1974
Unknown Toy Store A toy store on York Avenue and 80th that lasted as I remember until 2000 or so
Woolworths On 1st Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets.
Woolworths On 2nd Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets.



The Rexall Pharmacy on 79th street and 1st avenue was actually known as Star Pharmacy, and was there until early 1987 when it moved two blocks north to 81st street, while another restaurant known as Cafe 79 moved into Star Pharmacy's location where it's been ever since (across from the old Manufactures Hanover Bank, from which the clock was still there the last time I passed by there in September of last year).

You also had Lampston's on York Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets. That was much like Woolworths (along with its sister store S E Nichols on 1st Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets that in fact became Woolworths before the chain went out of business), there was another Woolworths on 2nd Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets.

In the '70s, you had a Finast supermarket on York Avenue (next door to Chemical's bank which was last fall about to move out of its longtime location to a new one directly across the street). That later became the Food Emporium in the early 80's ands was the first supermarket in the area to be open 24 hours a day (except on Sundays and early Monday morning). That more recently has been a Duane reed.

Walt. (4/24/07).


Just correcting and adding some things on 79th street -- stores:

The Finast Supermarket (later Shopwell/The Food Emporium) was on York Avenue between 79th-80th streets (that currently is a Duane Reade, one of several currently in Yorkville. That supermarket was across from another supermarket that is still on 80th and York,

S.E. Nichols (which later became Woolworth's before it closed) was on 1st Avenue between 77th and 78th streets (not 78th-79th streets that you have listed for such).

M H Lampstons was on York Avenue between 78th and 79th streets. As noted before, Lampston's and Nichols' were basically sister stores. 

Rappaports if I remember correctly was on York Avenue and 80th Street. That toy store if I remember correctly lasted in some incarnation or another until around 2000 or so.

Also on 80th street east of York Avenue (towards East End) was the East End Bowl. I remember bowling in there as a kid in the 1970's and early '80s before it was torn down around 1985 or so to make way for an apartment building that went up shortly before I moved from New York in 1986.

Hope This Helps.


Thought I'd add some more places since I had them on the brain, all of them on or around 79th street:

I can start with the old Alter's News Stand that was on 79th Street and 1st Avenue, which had a large canopy to go inside and was there until it was forced out by the city in 1984 for being too close to a bus shelter that had only been built a couple of years earlier. 

Another was Twin Donut.  I'm not sure if this one was part of the chain that was around the city for much of the '70s, '80s and at least '90s, but I do remember one opening on 79th and 1st (next to Star Pharmacy) around 1974 or so.  It was a typical luncheonette otherwise that had excellent donuts.

Also on 79th and 1st (southwest corner) was Mann Tang, which along with Jade Tang (on 78th Street and York Avenue, across from PS 158) was for many like myself that grew up in the 1970's our first experience with Chinese Food.  Jade Tang (which I usually got my Chinese food from since it was closer to where I lived) was take out only, Mann Tang was where you could actually eat it there.  Mann Tang I believe closed around 1989 or so when the buildings housing it and the A & P were torn down to make way for the high-rise that currently sits there.  Jade Tang I believe closed in 1984-'85 or so, replaced by another Chinese take-out called I believe Family Garden.

Couple of other places I used to frequent in the area of 79th and 1st was the old Gay Robin's Pizza (on 1st avenue between 78th and 79th street, east side of the block) and Italian Village on 80th Street and 1st Avenue.  Gay Robin's closed at some point I believe, Italian Village is not only still at 80th and 1st, the place actually was expanded in 1987 to make it double the old size of the place.

Hope that helps.

Walt - (07/22/08)

Thank you Walt, Marty

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