Of all the reasons to love our city, the prevalence of the family-owned business is easily at the top of our list. And a new book reminds us of just how vital it is to our communities.
New York Originals: A Guide to the City’s Classic Shops & Mom-and-Pops, based on the Emmy-winning PBS television series of the same name, profiles 75 historically rich small businesses across all five boroughs.
It may not come as a surprise to see well-known food spots like Russ and Daughters (opened in 1914) or P.J. Clarke’s (opened in 1884) included. But did you know there is a hologram-maker in Kips Bay or a fountain-pen hospital in Tribeca?
Whether you’re reliving the fascinating journey of your favorite neighborhood haunt or learning about an unexpected product (say, rolling ladders) manufactured right here in the city, the 240-page hardcover book, written by show host Jamie McDonald, is a delightfully informative read.
Who knows? It just might inspire some thoughtful (and locally supportive) holiday gifts, too.