Exclusive: Dismantling MOSCOT’s 118 Orchard Store [PHOTOS]

Posted on: May 14th, 2013 at 6:06 am by
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From Pushcarts to Prosperity was a piece we did not too long ago, in which we painstakingly detailed the dawn of pushcarts in NYC to the remodeled descendants of today. There is one old timer still hanging ’round getting ready to cross Delancey. You know them as Sol Moscot, the optics company that has been selling glasses since the pushcart days of 1915.

Ahead of the much-anticipated move across Delancey to 108 Orchard, a story we first broke last fall, the Boogie was given exclusive access to photograph the flagship store before and after its dismemberment. Awesome artifacts include everything from a 60-year-old showcase cabinet to sundries like antique examination equipment, signage, and random tchotchkes!

Take a look at our gallery of before and after shots, but note the secret door discovered by staff. In another life, this long-hidden access point was once used as window to street.

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According to the official press release, Moscot will shutter its longtime store on May 19 and will reopen May 22 at 108 Orchard. Best of luck to Moscot on their historic move.

After 77 and a half years at 118 Orchard Street, their iconic building was sold for development. But for MOSCOT, a fixture on the Lower East Side since Great Grandpa Hyman began selling eyewear from a pushcart in 1915, abandoning its beloved Lower East Side neighborhood was not an option.

Incorporating eight decades worth of quirky and historical tchotchkes, treasures and furnishings moved across the street from 118, the new MOSCOT Orchard Street Shop is the perfect amalgamation of old and new. And at nearly 2200 square feet, the new ground floor space has plenty of room to house the same eyewear and same eyecare found at 118, as well as The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space, which brings the neighborhood an intimate venue for live music, and a showcase for the Company’s historical photos and memorabilia.

All “after” images courtesy of Moscot

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