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Lost City Says Goodbye with List of Classic New York Shops

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After four and a half years of stellar reporting on the ongoing demise of old-school New York institutions, nostalgia blog Lost City has called it a day. Blogger Brooks of Sheffield, who's also a regular contributor to our sister site Eater, writes that there's not much of the city's character left to save:

Bloomberg, the billionaire, city planner Amanda Burden, the millionaire, and their cabal of equally wealthy real estate and Wall Street pals forged ahead and got the metropolis they wanted all along: homogenous, anodyne, whitewashed, suburban, toothless, chain-store-ridden, ordinary, exclusive and terribly, terribly expensive.
But there are still some restaurants, bars, bakeries, and stores that carry the torch for weird old NYC, and before posting his last goodbye, Brooks set out a list of the best. After the jump are nineteen stores he hopes will survive the ongoing mallification of the city. Got others? Let us know in the comments.

C.O. Bigelow's Pharmacy (Greenwich Village)
York Barber Shop (Upper East Side)
Ottomanelli Brothers (Yorkville)
Worth and Worth Hats (Midtown)
JJ Hat Center (Midtown)
H&H Bagels (Upper West Side)
Sahadi (Brooklyn Heights)
Zabar's (Upper West Side)
Strand Bookstore (Union Square)
Three Lives Book Store (Greenwich Village)
Karl Ehmer (Ridgewood)
Economy Candy (Lower East Side)
Kossar's Bialys (Lower East Side)
Russ & Daughers (Lower East Side)
Pearl Paint (Chinatown)
Schaller & Weber (Yorkville)
Joe's Dairy (SoHo)
Manganaro's Grosseria Italiano (Hell's Kitchen)
Ess-a-Bagel (Upper East Side)

· Goodbye to All That [Lost City]
· The Lost City List [Lost City]