The East Village's Block Drugs sign is familiar to all, a beautiful gleaming beacon of old-world, indy authenticity.
Those who have looked up before they entered may have noticed this engraving to above the door (Second Avenue Chemists is apparently the official name of the shop, Block Drugs being its dba)...
....or this one.
But at least I had never noticed until last night this crumbled up awning, smashed between the store and the roller shutter that must have been installed in the 1970s. I looked and looked at the thing, trying to figure out what it might say if unfurled. I asked a clerk. He said it hadn't been used in years. He didn't know what it said.