Mike’s Upper East Side Pop-Up Tour

Mike’s Upper East Side Pop-Up Tour

Nearly two dozen members and guests joined Society for Commercial Archeology president Michael Hirsch for a whirlwind pop-up event in New York City on October 12, 2019.

Mike has posted a number of cool historic and recent photos here.


Event Details

We have engaged New York Neon author, Thomas E. Rinaldi, and Hilary Grossman, an expert specializing in documenting and building preservation cases for transportation related architecture. Since we plan to cover a lot of territory, about a mile apart. We have split the tour in 2 parts.

Part 1 will be up in the Yorkville neighborhood. Our first stop is the Lexington Avenue Candy Candy for an egg cream (East 83rd Street) at 5:00 pm. In the 1930’s German, Eastern European and Irish immigrants settled in the East 80’s of Manhattan. We will find traces of the culture in Schaller & Weber butcher shop (established in 1937) and Heidelberg, a rare German restaurant that has waitresses in peasant dresses and lederhosen. Other highlights are Papaya King and Warby Parker’s adapted sign that was formerly Lascoff’s.

Part 2 will begin around 7pm. We will meet Windsor Garage’s tri-color sign (East 83rd Street). We will pass more of the “faves” including Neil’s Coffee shop, Goldberger’s Pharmacy and south to Subway Inn. We will wrap around 8:00, with a dinner stop nearby if you are still hungry at one of the Top 10 diners on the Upper East side.

We hope you can make it!

Please note, this is a free-form event, with no travel support or accommodations. And, just to warn you, there will be a bit of walking.