Urban Archaeology

    Things change over time. Ice cream parlors used to be in drugstores, gum ball machines were once more common than ATMs, and when new things are built old ones inevitably get torn down. Gil Shapiro, founder of Urban Archaeology, is a lover and protector of the treasures that fall victim to change. His store in Tribeca is probably one of the few places in the world where you can see a gorgeously restored soda fountain: a great marble casing with twelve gleaming silver taps, all labeled with the flavor they used to spout, and will spout again soon. His eye and passion for what is considered detritus by other people got him started early on, at the age of fifteen, when he made an impulse purchase at a local NYC store-closing. Since then he has been salvaging beautiful ironwork, lamps, and commercial objects whenever he found them abandoned by others. Since he got his start in 1978, he has been somewhat relieved in his rescue efforts by other dealers learning the value of vintage furnishings. We can certainly understand why someone would grant a second life to an imperial 9 ft. copper eagle. When interior designers and architects started buying here, demand was so great that Urban Archaeology went into production. By now the business mainly focuses on their reproduction-inspired lines of lamps and fittings, as well as tiles. All of these are expertly displayed in expansive showrooms designed by Shapiro's wife Judith Stockman, who is an interior designer. The six-story building in Tribeca also houses the workshops where all of the pieces in the collection are designed and finished. What makes this place special though, is that it's Gil Shapiro's personal treasure chest. Coming here is like looking through a window into the city's past.Show lessRead more

    143 Franklin Street , New York (btw Varick St & Hudson St)


    9-6

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