LIFE IN THE APPLE
by Michelle Carol
|Pasteur Pharmacy on E. 34th Street|
You know those kinds of pharmacies—the ones with imported soaps you’ve never seen before, shiny department store cosmetics (minus the hell of walking into a department store), and wooden combs that cost more than the Time Warner bill. Apothecaries. Classic Rx.
Perusing the aisles of these five quintessential NYC pharmacies felt a bit like that old game show, "Supermarket Sweep." I realized all the products I truly need in my life. And after several hours scouring the aisles of the vintage shops where I could spend thousands of dollars in minutes, I'll never joke about accidentally spending $50 in Duane Reade again.
414 Sixth Avenue
|C.O. Bigelow in the Village is the oldest apothecary in this country.|
With high ceilings to accommodate the wooden storage cabinets that remind me of my high school science class, gilded chandeliers and railings, as well as long glass cabinets, I couldn't help but feel like I stepped back in time.
Bigelow has everything from department store bath and body products, to luxurious Diptyque
candles starting at a modest $60 a pop. The best lip balm I have ever had is
sold here for $7.50, C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick-No-Shine SPF #15, and it's worth every penny.
|The gilded chandeliers and railings add to the charm at C.O. Bigelow|
Upper West Side
|The Apthorp Pharmacy is located in one of the most famous buildings in Manhattan.|
|Colorful boxes or Marvis toothpaste line the shelves at the Apthorp Pharmacy.|
53 E. 34th St.
806 Lexington Ave
|Pasteur is known for their men's shaving accoutrements.|
One Yelper raved, “If you can't find a health and beauty aid product here, you don't need it.” Customers can find bath and body products as well as pantry staples like canned soup, cereal and oatmeal in the narrow aisles.
246 Eighth Ave
|The New London Pharmacy is located in the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea.|
Upper East Side
969 Madison Ave
|There's no shortage of bows at Zitomer.|
Zitomer sells everything from jewelry, lingerie, LEGO products, Dr. Seuss books, Grether’s Pastilles, to fashion tape. If you’re just running in for one thing, expect to spend an hour buying products you never knew you needed! The assortment of shower caps, bows, and scrunchies make this a fun experience for all ages.
Tempted to take home everything including a kitchen sink from my apothecary excursion, I settled for a new shower curtain this time around, but will return to these classic pharmacies for impulse purchases sometime soon.