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Prince Lumber 1 Building Supplies Hardware Stores Hells Kitchen Midtown West

Since its opening in 1923 on Prince Street, family-owned business Prince Lumber continues to be an essential resource for New Yorker’s construction needs. Although no longer on Prince Street, Prince Lumber maintains its name and legacy of providing all of the necessary building materials for projects of any size or shape, as well as optimal customer service to support clients at any level of construction experience. At its newest Hell’s Kitchen location, these ideals are clearly demonstrated upon entering the store. In contrast to the highly commercial atmosphere of Eleventh Avenue, Prince Lumber is incredibly approachable. This quality is achieved in part by the bright signs that clearly label the shelves lining the sizable interior, but is especially exemplified by the friendly staff around the store.

Prince Lumber’s identity as a well-established family business on its third generation has been essential to the business’s culture. As Neil Eisenstat, manager at the Hell’s Kitchen location explained, at Prince Lumber, “everyone is family.”As family they stick together, and have created “the kind of business that builds Manhattan up.” They have been around long enough to become a staple of the neighborhoods that they have been a part of, and they are confident that no matter where they go in New York City, their dedicated clients will follow them. As the city continues to build around them, they look forward to remaining essential to its construction needs.

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The Actors' Temple

Ezrath Israel was originally established as a Jewish Community Center in 1917 by the West Side Hebrew Relief Association, a group of Orthodox Jewish shop owners. The area was known for its busy steamship ports, however, the entertainment business eventually became one of the biggest industries in this part of town. As show business grew, so did the number of congregants, and it became the place of worship for many prominent actors and performers, including Sophie Tucker and Shelley Winters. The Actors' Temple continued to thrive until shortly after WWII when people in the industry began journeying across the country to Hollywood. The synagogue then found its membership slowly decreasing. By 2005, there were only twelve members left in the congregation. A year later, when Jill Hausman became the rabbi, she found herself resuscitating what had once been a proud shul. Rabbi Hausman was pleased to report to us that in the eight years that she has been there, membership has increased to about 150, a marked improvement. Still, she has hope that the Actors' Temple will continue to grow. "We are a well-kept secret, " she says, "but we don't need to be. " To help maintain the synagogue, the sanctuary is shared with an Off Broadway theater company that performs on their "stage, " just a few feet in front of their sacred arc and collection of eleven torahs. Today, Rabbi Hausman welcomes all denominations of Judaism, even those who are "on the fringes of society. " She is a warm, sweet, bright woman who not only has her door open to everyone, but her heart as well. She emphasizes the importance of love and acceptance in her sermons and is adamant that the Actors' Temple is a "no-guilt synagogue. " People should come if they feel compelled to pray – Rabbi Hausman's only goal is to have them leave with a desire to return.

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Phil's Stationery

For the first seven years, Phil Podemski had his shop on Park Row across from City Hall, but in 1973, with the help of his son, Sam, they came uptown and have resided on 47th Street ever since. "It was a good move on our part, " Sam admitted. "It has allowed us to weather each of the storms that have come our way. "Because Phil's Stationery is in the Jewelry District, there have always been customers in need of memorandum books, special jewelry bags for shipping, and other necessary items that Sam and his dad never allowed to run out of stock. "This has kept us alive. " That and the warm customer service that he strongly believes in. "Yes, I could close up shop and sell my goods solely on the internet, but I would miss the people — the human connection. " Sam's best connection, however, was with his dad. "We were together for forty years until he passed away in 1996. I have the best memories of him yelling at me throughout those years, always in the most loving way. "When Sam and his dad initially opened, they were not known as an office supply store. They carried an amalgam of health and beauty products, chocolate, and other novelty goods. As time progressed, they evolved into a full office supply shop carrying absolutely everything that one could want or need for their desk. In addition to having fun rummaging through the stacks of notebooks, journals, pens, markers, and an array of art supplies, it is the collection of Berol pencils made in the U. S. in the 1960s, the old Swingline staplers — and several other items that date back some fifty to sixty years — that will provide a noteworthy trip down memory lane for many.