The Elliott Pharmacy, serving New Yorkers since 1898, has closed in Gramercy.
The Duane Reade nearby is covered with signs saying "Welcome Elliott Pharmacy Customers," as they snatch up another mom-and-pop.
all following photos: my flickr 2008-2010
I always liked the pharmacy's signage and have taken a few pictures of it over the years. I especially liked the words "Ethical Apothecary" written in gold leaf on the door--long before gold leaf and the word "apothecary" were trendy.
I also liked how Elliott's stood stoic next to the Warshaw hardware store, another holdout, its old sign announcing it's been there since 1928--just a baby next to 113-year-old Elliott.
How does it happen, time and again? A New York City business survives for eons, a whole century and more--through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the high crime and economic doldrums of the 1970s--only to vanish at the same time that so many other long-term survivors are vanishing, in the span of a single decade.
This time in New York will be remembered as a mass extinction, like the Cretaceous-Tertiary event, a die-off when so much life just suddenly disappeared.