New York City Candy Stores?

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2012/11/14 23:34:29 (permalink)

New York City Candy Stores?

The traditional New York City and area candy store was a combination of a more modern convenience store with a newstand and lunch counter/soda fountain. As such, they sold everything from milk, bread and cigarettes to soda pop, comic books, baseball cards, school supplies, model kits, carded rack toys, bubble gum and penny candy in a space much smaller than in a present day 7-11 store.  People on their way to work would grab a coffee and buttered bun with a newspaper at their local candy store in the mornings. Newspapers were a particularly big business since New Yorkers would buy as many as two or three newspapers per day in the early sixties. As such the candy stores were badly hurt by the New York newspaper strike of 1962-63.
Here's an excellent writeup by a fellow whose parents operated Harry's Candy Store on 164th Street in Flushing, Queens:
Harry's Candy Store
Do you recall any such stores in your neighbourhood, whether in New York or elsewhere? What were the lunch counters like? Which candy stores served the best hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and BLT sandwiches, milkshakes and ice cream sundaes? Do any still survive in your neighbourhood?


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