Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gordon Novelty Co.: Doomed

New York's last "novelty" shop, Gordon Novelty C). (931-933 Broadway between 21st & 22nd Sts.)will soon be demolished. The City needs another nail salon, bank, drug store, etc. Say goodbye to "party hats, canes, masks, grab bags, noisemakers, dice, joke items, novelty hats, carnival items, bingo supplies, lanterns, Halloween items" and "premium goods," all under one roof.

34 comments:

Virginia said...

BIngo supplies and noisemakers? Well DAMN!

BTW, I left you a comment on my Bingo blog. You and I are so on the same track sometimes my friend. I love that about US ! :)
V

PS THat blue is pretty fabulous

Randy said...

Demolished! What a great building. Love the color.

Roseann said...

Bummer, there's no place like Gordon Novelty-that's for sure.

Time for catalogue shopping.

T. Becque said...

That's just sad. The color and just plain oldness of the building is great.

Cloudia said...

passing of an age...love that blue!






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Lori Skoog said...

Love those nail salons! Maybe a tattoo parlor...

Thanks for stopping by! Hope all is well Ken Mac.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

This city, like many others, continues to just fade before our eyes.

Cezar and Léia said...

It has a neat facade, but I think it would need lots of effort to be restored.
Have a beautiful day there!
Léia

LD said...

Seems like something A.J. Liebling would have written about for the New Yorker titled something like The Novelty King.

RuneE said...

One really get the blues from this one.

joo said...

What a shame! The building is fabulous despite itc condition!

Birdman said...

What a neat place this must have been in its prime. You and I are taking a look at painted brick today.

Sharon Creech said...

Now there's a building full of stories. . .

NYC In Photographs said...

Such a shame. Great shot though. That blue really draws you into the photo.

RedPat said...

Our North American cities are never going to look like the beautiful old European ones - we keep tearing down everything! Great shot.

Goggla said...

I'm really gonna miss this one.

B SQUARED said...

What a tragedy. These places are great. Another slice of America is gone.

Marty Wombacher said...

That sucks, thanks for preserving the memory with this great photo.

BANJO52 said...

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that the building is BLUE.

Hey, I've recently happened onto some pics from Tucson, S. America, and Africa, where color seems to be almost revered. Why don't more buildings in U.S. cities do this? It's distinctive, it's cheerful, and you you know where you are. Go to the 3-story blue building and turn left.

What a shame it's a goner.

steviewren said...

I love that color blue. That's a color that would make a store stand out from the crowd. Sometimes progress is not such a good thing.

Hilda said...

Awww, that's sad. Novelty shops are so fun!

rchrd said...

But, where is it? Is this 9th Ave?

You know, people go to Paris or Venice to see the old buildings and imagine what it must have been like there centuries ago.

To the Parisians/Venetians, their old buildings are slums and many would love to be living in a modern building.

Here, we abandon them, let them rot, tear them down, and build horrible boxes with a shelf life of only a generation or two.

Not sure who's right.

Bibi said...

I am so disheartened that places like this disappear. I remember one such one in my hometown.

But your beautiful photo has captured its essence forever.

byron said...

That sucks.. I hate to see old specialty shops go under and disappear.. It looks you'll have one of the last keepsakes...

Paula said...

The new buildings will never age, they'll just look old and unappealing. I'm glad you're documenting all of this, one day people will look at your work and be grateful.

Ian said...

Like that Dude.

Ian said...

Like that Dude.

Xtreme English said...

Well, maybe there'll be a new Korean grocery. Never too many of these!!

Thanks for taking this photo!

ascu75 aka Don said...

And all in the name of progress. I love the shots . I just found the site today and love what I have seen so far. XXX Don

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ADOLF said...

Hello!
I have finished the painting of this façade just now:
http://www.sant-cugat.net/adolf-art/pintura/fassanes/m-gordon-novelty-inc.htm

I hope you like it!

I took the original photo to make the oil painting in 2001.

ADOLF
www.adolf.cat