What’s New at the WaMu? City Chemist!


A couple of folks have written us asking what’s going on at the old WaMu at Henry and Montague Streets.  “DB” writes:

For the first time in a year, there were some people in the old Washington Mutual at Montague and Henry.  Looked like they were taking measurements. Any word yet on what could be going there?

We’re looking into it, but do you know? Comment away!

Update: Nancy writes: “big sign on the  Henry street side that says  “CITY CHEMISTS coming soon.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Family owned and operated since 1978.”

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  • Arch Stanton

    nabie-baby, Thanks for thinking about my love life, but I only sleep with clean women… Think, Ivory Girls… Ok, maybe not that pure…. LOL
    Besides, condoms are available for free, across the street at Housing Works, if the need should arise….

  • David on Middagh

    This new store will disrupt the symmetrical sequence of chains on Henry, Montague, and Court. Starting from Henry @ Love Lane, we have CVS, then traveling south and turning left on Montague we come to Rite Aid and Duane Reade. Turning right on Court the pattern reverses: Duane Reade, Rite Aid, and CVS (south of Atlantic).

  • Andrew Porter

    Wasn’t the ice cream store a Carvel’s? I remember being chased down the street by a giant, ravenous Pudgy the Whale once or twice. Or maybe I was smoking too much dope back then.

  • Arch Stanton

    Andrew, must have been some good bud… LOL

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Speaking of Duane Reade, it was announced on NY1 this morning that they’re being acquired by Walgreen’s. They will, it was said, continue to operate under their own name.

  • nabeguy

    Andrew I think you’re right, it was a Carvel for a while. And it was Fudgie the Whale doing the chasing, with Cookie Puss right behind him.

  • Arch Stanton

    It may have been a Carvel for a while, next to the espresso joint…. post King George pre Waldenbooks… Speaking of which, does anyone remember when the car went through the front of Waldenbooks? Or where the first Duane Read store was?

  • lcd

    A nice italian bakery/cafe please.

  • Andrew Porter

    The first Duane Reade was…wait for it…between Duane Street and Reade Street in lower Manhattan.

    Icd, there used to be a nice bakery just across the street on the west side of Henry, which changed hands and, I believe, went down the tubes. Part of the space now occupied by Ann Taylor.

  • Arch Stanton

    Andrew Porter, Yes, on the west side of Broadway bet. Duane and Reade
    The Sinclair bakery, before that they were on Montague, in part of what is now Corcoran real estate….

  • bornhere

    I think Sinclair’s went from Montague to Henry and then became Regina’s. It’s amazing that there’s no longer a real bakery here.

  • dr

    Duane Reade is being acquired by Walgreens.

  • George Earl

    I’m all for another drug store, but a truly professional one. How about one with oak walls, carpeting, maybe even a few crystal ceiling fixtures? All too many of the Heights’ drug stores look like fallout places for people with nothing else to do than push around empty carts, pick up sealed toiletry bottles, smell what’s inside, then go home. I want a drug store that has knowledgeble pharmacists not just out of high school, checkout personnel who haven’t been trained to look down at us if we want a bag in which to carry home our purchases, maybe even one that doesn’t attract folks who are exclusively looking for a cash machine. Let’s see class again on Montague and Henry. And no, I don’t mean students having their submarines at lunch time.

  • Mike Chapnick

    A big hello to all of you out there! I am the supervising pharmacist at Highets Apothecary, located @ 79 Atlantic Avenue directly across from LICH! Perhaps you haven’t gotten down this way (we are only open a short while!)but I believe that everything you are looking for in a pharmacy can be found right here; our pharmacists have over 50 years of field experience between them, and we also offer a large selection of homeopathic, herbal and nutritional products. Stop by and give us a once-over, you will be pleasantly surprised!

  • Alexandros Argyris

    Hello to all i dont think that this blog is for advertising mr. supervising pharmacist

  • Homer Fink

    Mr. Chapnick, we’d gladly discuss advertising with you. advertise AT brooklynheightsblog.com

  • nabeguy

    since47 and bornhere, where are you to weigh in on the great pharmacies of the past? Like the Parrish and Kleinman-Spector? Where the choices for analgesics were not limited to the brand names but included house-concoctions?

  • bornhere

    Okey-dokey, nabe. I LOVED Kleinman-Spector (especially when it was still on the corner of Montague and Henry) and Parrish, but there was no pharmacy better than Parker’s, where Clark’s Corner and the restaurant space going west on Clark are; but that doesn’t mean that the spooky-dark Rexall on the east side of Henry (and Orange?) should be forgotten. But let’s be clear — unless there are scary, beige, canvas or mesh devices displayed in the windows, or those huge apothecary glass jars with colored liquid, our neighborhood drug stores will never rise above meh level. Maybe, for those of us who are nostalgia obsessed, it would help if Dow could come up with an automatic-release, “Hint of Vitamins” air freshener, that would recall the odd fragrance that hung in all the real pharmacies of days gone by.

  • nabeguy

    Hah, I knew i could count on you bornhere. Sorry I missed Parker’s; it was before my time. And what exactly was up with those jars with colored liquids that hung from chains? They never ceased to enthrall me, even f they did look like something from the set of “Aliens”. And that fragrance…like opening up a fresh bottle of “Flintstones” vitamins. Kind if musty, but you knew it was smelled healthy.

  • AEB

    Can’t speak of “chemists” of yore in the Heights (isn’t that a musical?), but I DO remember the hanging show globes that were, I think, the “we’re-a-drugstore” equiv of the barber shop pole. Vestigial even then.

    I also remember the distinctive drugstore scent–also the hardware store sent, which seemed to have a lot to do with sandpaper and electrical tape and lots of musty nail containers….

  • Andrew Porter

    According to old documents I’ve seen, in the 1920s Parrish Pharmacy manufactured and sold its own brand of condoms.

    If you want to see those jars with colored liquids, there’s a still a pharmacy on Lexington Avenue in the 70s that has those in the window.

  • remsenresident

    Does anyone remember John’s pizza? it was greasy and poorly made but I used to love it. The owners were always friendly and the italian ices outside made my day! Goddamn Corcoran….