Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Astor Place Goes Upscale

There is just something special about the old NOHO buildings. The brickwork and design transports you back to New York's golden days. On this note, we were so very pleased when a little birdy told us what would be replacing the old Astor Wine shop that moved down the street last year. The conversation follows:

DBTH: What's going in here?
Little Birdy: Walgreens
DBTH: Walgreens?
Little Birdy: Walgreens
DBTH: You don't say.

Why didn't we think of that? The high ceilings, large floor plate(but not too large, you know how pharmacies like narrow aisles), and proximity to Duane Reade made this a natural spot for Walgreens to further expand in NYC. With its GAP, B&N, Kinkos, Starbucks, Coldstone Creamery and now Walgreens, old Astor Place is poised to challenge 5th Avenue for NYC shopping supremacy.

Thanks to Tabby Lee/Flickr for the photo.


bellastraniera said...

DBTH you can't be serious! Walgreens is a scourge - 5th Ave can have it. I live near Astor. One more chain store and we might as well be living in the Mall of America!!!