Explore thousands of places. Find exactly what you're looking for.
Arts & Entertainment Beauty & Grooming Chelsea Market Education & Community Fashion & Accessories Food & Beverage Health & Medical Home Decor LOST GEMS Meet the Streets Nightlife Parks & Gardens Pets & Animals Press Professional Services Retail & Products SideWalks Sideways Stories Sports & Fitness Travel & Lodging VACANT / FOR RENT Videos
3D Printing Acupuncture Adoption Services Adult Entertainment Adult Shops African Alcoholics Anonymous Allergists American Animal Rescue Antiques Appliances Appraisers Architects Archives Argentinian Armenian Aromatherapy Art & Photography Galleries Art Schools Artist Studios Arts & Crafts Asian Atriums Attorneys Auction Houses Audiologists Australian Austrian Automotive Services Bagels Bags Bakeries Balloons Banks Barbecue Barber Shops Bariatric Medicine Bars Baseball Basketball Bathrooms Beads Beauty School Beauty Supplies Beds & Bedding Beer Bars Beer Shops Belgian Belts Bike & Pedi Cab Tours Bike Shops Billiards Bookbinding Bookstores Bowling Boxing Boys & Girls Clubs Brasseries Brazilian Breakfast Bridal British Brunch Bubble Tea Buffets Building Supplies Burgers Bus Stations Business Consultants Butchers Buttons & Zippers Cabinetry Cafes Cambodian Canadian Car & Limousine Services Car Dealerships Car Rentals Car Wash Cardiologists Career Development Caribbean Caterers Cemeteries Cheese Childcare Centers Children's Classes Children's Classes Children's Clothing Children's Shoes China, Glass & Silver Chinese Chiropractors Chocolate, Candy & Sweets Churches Cigar Shops Clinics Clubs Coffee Shops Collectibles Colleges & Universities Comedy Clubs Comics Community Centers Community Services Computers Consignment Construction & Contractors Convenience Stores Cookies Cooking Schools Cosmetic Surgery & Plastic Surgeons Court Houses Courthouses Crepes CrossFit Cuban Cultural Centers Cupcakes Cycling Studios Czech Dance Dance Studios Dancewear Dancing Delis Dentists Department Stores Dermatologists Dessert Dialysis Centers Digital Strategy Agencies Dim Sum Diners Doctors Dog Rehabilitation Doggy Daycares Dolls & Doll Houses Dominican Doughnuts Driving Schools Drugstores Dry Cleaners DVDs E-Cigarettes Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Eastern European Eateries Educational Therapists Electricians Electronics Embroidery Employment Providers Endocrinologists Endodontists Engraving Enrichment Programs Equipment Rentals Ethiopian European Event Planners Event Spaces Exercise Equipment Extended Stay Eyelashes Eyewear & Opticians Fabric Fabric & Upholstery Facials Farmers Market Fast Food Feathers Fertility Specialists Filipino Film Financial & Tax Services Fire Stations Fitness Centers & Gyms Fixtures & Display Cases Flags, Banners & Signs Flea Markets Flooring Florists Folk Art Food Banks & Pantries Food Co-Ops Food Supplies Foreign Exchanges Framing French Frozen Yogurt & Yogurt Funeral Homes Furniture & Home Furnishings Games Garden & Floral Supplies Gardens Gas Stations Gastroenterologists Gastropubs Gay Bars Gelato General Merchandise Georgian German Gift Shops Gloves Gluten-Free Golf Gourmet Food Shops Government Offices Graphic Design Greek Grocery Stores Guest Houses Gymnastics Gyrotonics Hair Accessories Hair Removal Hair Salons Hardware Stores Hats Hawaiian Head Shops Headquarters & Offices Headstart Health Facilities Health Food Health Institutes Health Products Heliports Hematologists Herbal Holistic Treatments Home Health Aides Hookah Bars Hospitals Hostels Hot Dogs Hotels HVAC Ice Cream Indian Industrial Infectious Diseases Inns Insurance Interior Design Internists Iranian Irish Israeli Italian Jamaican Japanese Jazz & Blues Jewelry Jewish Centers Judaica Juice Bars Karaoke Kickboxing Kiosks Kitchens & Kitchen Accessories Knives Korean Kosher Landscape Architects Latin American Laundromats Lawyers Leather Goods & Furs Lebanese Libraries Lighting Lighting Design Lingerie Liquor Stores Live Music Locksmiths Lounges Luggage Magazine Shops Magic Shops Mailing & Shipping Malaysian Mannequins Market Place Marketing & Public Relations Martial Arts Massage Maternity Medical Centers Medical Labs Medical Research Centers Medical Supplies Meditation Centers Mediterranean Meeting Centers Men's Accessories Men's Clothing Men's Shoes Men's Spas Mental Health Facilities Messenger Services Messianic Messianic Centers Mexican Middle Eastern Mini Markets Missions & Consulates Mobile Phones & Accessories Modeling Agencies Moroccan Mosques Movie Theaters Moving & Storage Museums Music & Instruments Music Managers Music Schools Music Venues Nail Salons Nephrologists Neurologists Neurosurgeons Non-Profit Organizations Nordic Notary Publics Novelty Nursing Services Nutritionists Obstetricians & Gynecologists Occupational Therapists Office Supplies Offices Oncologists Ophthalmologists Optometrists Oral Surgeons Orthodontists Orthopedic Surgeons Orthopedists Orthotics & Prosthetics Otolaryngologists Pain Management Paint & Wallpaper Pakistani Parking Parks Party Supplies Passport Services Pawn Shops Pediatricians Performing Arts Perfume & Fragrances Periodontists Persian Personal Trainers Peruvian Pest Control Pet Adoption Pet Clothing Pet Groomers Pet Stores Pet Training Pharmacies Photography & Film Equipment Photography & Film Services Photography Schools Physiatrists Physical Therapists Piercings Pilates Ping Pong Pizza Plants Plaques & Statues Plastic Surgeons Playgrounds Plumbing & Heating Podiatrists Pole Dancing Police Stations Pony Rides Portuguese Post Offices Pottery Prayer Centers Pregnancy Assistance Preschools Printing Printing & Copying Prison Private Clubs Private Residences Production Design Production Facilities Property Management Companies Psychiatrists Psychics Psychologists Psychotherapists Public Art Public Health Agencies Public Housing Pubs Puerto Rican Pulmonologists Radio Stations Radiologists Ramen Raw Real Estate & Realtors Record Shops Recording Studios Recreational Courts Rehabilitation Religious Items Research Centers Restoration & Repairs Rheumatologists Ribbon & Trim Rifle/Pistol Ranges Rocks & Minerals Rooftop Bars Rowing Rubber Stamps Rugs & Carpets Russian Sake Bars Sake Shops Salads Sandwiches Sauna Scarves Schools Scotch Bars Scottish Scrap Metal Scuba Diving Seafood Security Systems Senegalese Senior Centers & Assisted Living Sewing Sex Therapists Shelters Shopping Malls Showrooms Showrooms Skin Care & Makeup Sleep Centers Smoke Shops & Candy Stores Smoothies Snacks Sneakers & Sportswear Soaps Social Security Offices Social Services Social Workers Socks Soup Soup Kitchens South African South Pacific Southeast Asian Southern Souvenirs Spanish Spas Specialty Cakes Specialty Foods Speech & Language Sports Arenas Sports Bars Sports Equipment Sports Medicine Stables Stamps Stationery Steakhouses Steel Work Stereo Equipment Stone Studios Substance Abuse Services Sunglasses Surgeons Surgical Supplies Sushi Swedish Swimming Swiss Synagogues T-Shirts Tailors Takeout Only Tanning Tapas & Small Plates Tattoos Tea Shops Temples Tennis & Racquet Clubs Thai Theaters Thrift Shops Tibetan Ticket Centers Tile Tour Guides Tourist Attractions Toys Train Stations Translation Services Travel Agencies Treatment Centers Turkish Tutoring Ukrainian Umbrellas Uniforms Unions Upholsterers Urgent Care Urologists Vacuum Shops Vegan Vegetarian Venezuelan Veterans Services Veterinarians Video Production Vietnamese Vintage Vintage Furniture Visitor Centers Visual Arts Vitamins Watches Watches & Clocks Water & Ice Weight Loss Centers Wellness Centers West African Wheelchair & Scooter Rental Wigs Window Treatments Wine Bars Wine Shops Women's Accessories Women's Clothing Women's Shoes Workspaces Yarn Shops Yoga

Please select one category

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th 37th 38th 39th 40th 41st 42nd 43rd 44th 45th 46th 47th 48th 49th 50th 51st 52nd 53rd 54th 55th 56th 57th 58th 59th 60th 61st 62nd 63rd 64th 65th 66th 67th 68th 69th 70th 71st 72nd 73rd 74th 75th 76th 77th 78th 79th 80th 81st 82nd 83rd 84th 85th 86th 87th 88th 89th 90th 91st 92nd 93rd 94th 95th 96th 97th 98th 99th 100th 101st 102nd 103rd 104th 105th 106th 107th 108th 109th 110th 111th 112th 113th 114th 115th 116th 117th 118th 119th 120th 121st 122nd 123rd 124th
Alphabet City Art Gallery District Carnegie Hill Central Harlem Chelsea Chelsea Market Columbus Circle Diamond District East Harlem East Village El Barrio Flatiron Flower District Garment District Gramercy Gramercy Park Greenwich Village Harlem Hell's Kitchen Hudson Yards Kips Bay Koreatown Lenox Hill Lincoln Square Little Brazil Little Germany Loisaida Madison Square Madison Square Park Meatpacking District Midtown Midtown East Midtown South Midtown West Morningside Heights Murray Hill Museum Mile NoHo NoMad Peter Cooper Village Rockefeller Center Rose Hill Spanish Harlem Stuyvesant Square Stuyvesant Town Sutton Place Tenderloin Theater District Times Square Tin Pan Alley Tudor City Turtle Bay Union Square Upper East Side Upper West Side Uptown East West Village Yorkville
ATM Available Closed Coming Soon For Kids Historic Site Outdoor Seating Side Pick WiFi Available

Laytner’s Linen & Home

Laytner’s Linen & Home

237 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
212 996 4439
laytners.com
Hours:
M-Sa 10am-7pm; Su 11am-6:30pm
Established: 1964
Other Locations:
2276 Broadway; Brooklyn

After surviving World War II, Helen and Joseph Laytner moved to New York from Eastern Europe in the 1960s and opened their own shop. They started with a classic candy store on the Upper West Side, which was twelve feet wide by forty feet deep. They sold cigarettes and cigars at the front and had a counter with about eight stools where customers could order egg creams and malted milkshakes towards the back. In speaking with the founders’ son and current owner, Alan, who remembers the small shop well, I learned that when he was about five years old, he would spend a lot of his time sitting at that counter, enjoying those milkshakes.

Unfortunately, the Upper West Side in the mid-1960s was a violent place, and the candy store was broken into multiple times, particularly following cigarette deliveries. After the fourth break-in, the family decided to close the candy shop and open a home furnishing store at the same location, under the assumption that linens would not be as tempting to burglars as cigarettes. The opportunity to change specialties grew out of unpleasant circumstances: Helen had contracted tuberculosis and was sent to a hospital in Bedford Hills, New York for a full year. While she was there, she became fast friends with a woman whose son worked in the linen business. Helen did some successful sick-bed networking and secured the contacts and manufacturers needed for Laytner’s to become a home goods store.

Alan joined the company full time after receiving his graduate degree from Columbia in 1981. He had helped out at the store on weekends and during school breaks throughout his youth, but he never assumed that he would take over the family business. He got his BA and Masters in theater and planned to become a performer and move to LA. This was around the time, however, of the “co-op revolution” of the Upper West Side, when upscale housing was coming in and small businesses were being driven out. Alan could not bear to be “forced out of the neighborhood” he grew up in, due to rising costs, so he decided to help his parents remodel the store and revitalize the business. Through this process, he turned Laytner’s into what it is today. Where before, the business had specialized solely in towels, curtains, and bedding, Alan brought in gift items including picture frames, candles, and soaps.

Since then, Laytner’s has expanded and contracted. As Alan put it, “We come and we go.” The east side location began in 1989, the same year Alan’s daughter was born. The family also opened up in Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester, which have since closed. As for the remaining locations, Alan credits his “great landlord” with the Laytner’s’ ability to stay in the same spot, stating that the landlord has worked with them when business has waned. Alan also emphasized that he has amazing employees, some of whom have stuck with him for fifteen years or more.

In general, however, Alan believes that they have survived thanks to their smart, honest business policies. The store’s tagline is “Lower prices for people with higher standards.” Versions of this motto are used in a lot of Laytner’s tongue-in-cheek advertising, including a poster in the window with a dog that says, “Pate Quality Furniture at Chopped Liver Prices.” (“We’re a bit of a wise guy,” Alan laughed, in response to the sign). He then went on to assure me that all of his products are high quality and that he stands by his prices, which are better than what customers would find in other stores. “We wouldn’t sell a product that we wouldn’t put in our own house.”