From Stoves to Hosiery: A Look at 339 Grand Street

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 at 6:10 am by and
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Ideal Hosiery. Look at you. Your perseverance through the centuries is inspirational.

We’ve chronicled this classic structure at 339 Grand Street over the years. Today, this 1832 (yes, you read that right) Federal row-house still has its dormer and lintels intact, the pitched roof and original brick. The interior has undergone many alterations, but seriously? 1832.  Gawd, New York (swoon).

Only problem is that the 181-year-old building is now on the market for 5 million, as first reported here last June. Therefore, its days might be numbered.

According to the New York Landmarks Conservancy:

333-339 Grand Street is a row house that had undergone some alterations, but still had many details intact. By 2003, the immediate neighbor at #337 had been altered to the point where it could no longer be recognized as anything historic, splintering the the row, and diminishing the character of the block.

And now, a brief tenant-specific history of this beaut:

This little-building-that-could multi-tasked over the years as a residence, stove shop, and a mattress store (way cooler than Sleepy’s). All before becoming part of the world famous Hosiery Row.

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From the New York Times:

It used to be that if you wanted to buy suits, fabric, leather goods, jewelry and even underwear, there was a block on the Lower East Side where you could find it. Now only a handful of the shops remain, most selling lingerie and other undergarments.

…At its peak, the Lower East Side shopping district was bustling on Sundays with shoppers stopping at egg-cream stands and going to Katz’s Delicatessen for corned beef sandwiches. Shops were filled with clerks who could tell a customer’s size in one glance…

Ideal Hosiery and Orchard Corset can still tell your size just by looking at you. How it always was.

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G. Alessandrini

Please don’t tear this down. Preservationists scramble, developers waltzing.

Help a row-house out, will ya?

UPDATE: the original photo from 1927 was removed as it was improperly referred to as 339 Grand Street. Basically, the NYPL had erroneously listed this description in their records. We’ve since alerted them to the mistake.

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