Once upon a time at the corner of West 63rd and Broadway, there was a 6,000 square foot stationery store called Lincoln Stationers, where you could find airmail envelopes, buy a snazzy pen and order your wedding invitations. But Lincoln Stationers closed last year and a Starbucks and Duane Reade rose in its place - exactly what the neighborhood was in desperate need of, because the only other Starbucks and Duane Reades are 4-5 blocks away!
There are tons of banks popping up all over town, but Duane Reade already has Chase ATMs inside. Which means that we expect Duane Reade to start selling Starbucks coffee or Starbucks to open up a prescription counter soon. Duane Bucks, anyone? Well, maybe it's not as synergistic as KFC-Taco Bell combos, but we know how those go. For our money, the worst combo is the Commerce Bank on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th, with the Chase on the second floor. Both banks' colors are red and blue, so it's totally confusing!
You can still order things from Lincoln Stationer's website, like Moleskine notebooks. Interesting Duane Reade fact: At this location, Duane Reader has opened up its Flagship Diabetes Resource Center. The center offers classes and is free to the public. To sign up, call 1-866-913-8486.
And do you see chains all in a row on your street, just like a strip mall? Like a bank, a Duane Reade and a Starbucks, or a Barnes & Noble, Duane Reade and Subway? (But we're not sure if cellphone stores should count.)