Thursday, July 7, 2011

NYC Vintage Image: Stuyvesant Curiosity Shop, 48 Third Avenue, 1937

The Stuyvesant Curiosity Shop at 48 Third Avenue and 10th Street offered a cornucopia of goods: shotguns and rifles for $5, ammunition, diamonds, watches and jewelry, fishing rods & reels and tools. Appraised, bought and sold! The store was located under the Third Avenue El rail line, which was demolished in the 1950s.

Flanking the business were another pawn shop, Sig. Klein Fat Men's Shop at 52 Third Avenue (in the background above and below) and Sipmeier's Restaurant for ladies and gents. The pic was taken by famed New York photog Berenice Abbott for New York's Federal Arts Project on Feb. 4, 1937.The original signage from the Stuyvesant Curiosity Shop peeked through until earlier this decade. (Pics courtesy Jeremiah's Vanishing New York). After it closed, a liquor store and Galaxy Bodega occupied the space. Today, it houses Element Beauty Lounge and Day Spa, pictured below.