Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gramercy Pawnbrokers

Recently, we had cause to worry about Gramercy Pawnbrokers. After surviving the luxury NYU dorm-condo that dropped on top of it (literally, on top of it), the little holdout pawn shop had a For Rent sign on its facade.



Fear not. The pawnbrokers were only renting out a sliver of their shop. A reader sent in the following shot of the new tenant--no cupcakes, no frozen yogurt, no 7-Eleven. Just a humble barber shop.



I would have missed the antique signage on the 24th St. side, and the strange, sad, lovely windows with their dusty violins, outdated calculators, and unpolished jewelry.










11 comments:

BabyDave said...

Thanks for reporting this great news about that wonderful holdout!

Ms. said...

Ah yes Jerry--those oh, so sad instruments and cheap electronic equipment in the dusty side window....a neighborhood fixture since I moved here in 1969.

laura said...

nice to read some good news, keep reporting.

Pat said...

The store for rent was a check cashing place, separate from the pawn shop. I am glad it is a barber shop and wish them well. I was told the man who owns the building lives in the neighborhood and turned down an offer to sell when they built the big apartment building overhead. Around the corner is the hostel/hotel and the law office. I was told the apartment building would have been even bigger except that they were not allowed to build over Madison Square Station post office in the middle of the block.

Jeremiah Moss said...

thanks for the info Pat. i love a holdout who makes the condos workaround.

Caleo said...

I used to live at the old George Washington Hotel, an S.R.O. located on Lex between 23rd and 24th, in the early 90's, and this pawn shop looked exactly the same back then as it does now. And I mean EXACTLY the same. Good for them for holding out, to the point of literally being swallowed by a huge dorm, as you said.

Anonymous said...

Score one for the Good Guys.

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming he sold the air rights?

Uncle Waltie said...

Hey Caleo, I stayed at the George Washington Hotel in late September of 1970. I just arrived here from Europe and found this to be the only affordable place to stay. In my past experiences in Europe, there was always a laundry basket in the room, which meant the hotel would clean your clothes. I found exactly such a basket in my room and put all my clothes in it. Unfortunately, the hotel considered it a waste basket and not a laundry basket. So on my very first day in NYC I lost all my clothes except the ones on my body. But even then I realized that one day I'd be laughing about this...and laugh I did many many times since then.

lisa said...

Before the advent of the ATM, my dad would use the pawn shop to get quick cash when the banks were closed! He would pawn a camera, then on Monday when the banks opened, get cash and buy back his camera. I figured everyone did it. :)

Mike Fried said...

Now we have no fee ATM's at our Pawnshop on 116th street and Lexington if anyone's interested.
HTTP://NYC-pawnshops.com/