We've been hearing whispers over the past few years that New York Central Art Supply in the East Village may not last much longer.
Now, the following message comes from the Facebook page of James Carroll:
"Artists! Craftspeople! Art material fetishists! Lend me your ears!
New York Central Art Supply, the only remaining east village century-old mom-and-pop art supply store, is facing DIRE STRAITS.
If you need to buy paints, paintbrushes, frames, paper, burins, styluses, gold leaf sizing, paper clips ANYTHING- go to them. Our city is better with small local businesses like these. Their absence would be greatly felt throughout our communities of creative people that need spaces for artist's materials and people to appreciate them.
For every small low-income building turned into a luxury condo is a small business replaced with a corporate store, turning our city into a homogenized mall without any sense of individuality or joyful unpredictability.
62 Third Ave, NY, NY 10003
Run, don't walk!"
I was not able to get further information on what "dire straits" means,
but I was assured they're not in immediate danger of closing.
The shop's been in business since 1905.
From the website: "In 1905, New York Central took its name from the train line that fascinated Benjamin Steinberg and represented to him the 'Great American Success Story.' Although the New York Central Line never passed anywhere near its namesake, perhaps the proximity of the Third Avenue El rumbling overhead constantly kept it in mind." The business is still run by the Steinberg family.