In a city where a packed Duane Reade or an unstocked CVS can throw the most hardened urbanite into fits of tears, this innocuous drugstore is a godsend. The modest exterior hides a beauty store, salon, basic dry-goods store and second-floor toy store complete with play area. Where else can you pick up a decent $7 umbrella while you’re checking out Bert and Ernie puppets ($15 each) and about 70 billion different kinds of Thomas the Tank Engine pieces (starting at $7)? Anyone who doesn’t live in the area will be jealous of this neighborhood staple.
|Venue name:||Essentials Plus||Contact:|
|Cross street:||at 81st St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 7:30am–11:45pm, Sun 8:40am–10:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to 79th St|