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No one could blame me for walking past the space where this shop used to be. More than once. I had an address that I found through the small business directories, chamberofcommerce.com and manta.com. But there was certainly nothing in that location that came even close to resembling the structures in Gerry's illustration. Nor was there even such an address. Instead what I found was a glass skyscraper with a revolving door and the words "800 6th Avenue" overhead. Built, as I later learned, in 2003, the structure, and promoted as a "residential experience", the new building has gobbled up not only the space where M.K. Trading Co. used to be, but also the neighboring four and five-story brick-and-stone structures that had sat on either side, presumably since around the 1920s.
I inquired at the front desk of "800 6th Avenue" to see if anyone might possibly know anything about what came before their arrival. There I made the acquaintance of the concierge, Arthur, a forty-something African-American man of diminutive stature and outsized enthusiasm, a Midtown native, who has been writing plays and making graphic novels since he was a teenager. When I told him that my son also makes graphic novels, he practically jumped out from behind the counter, he was so pleased, telling me to encourage him to keep it up. I left no closer to finding Kwak Moon, the owner of M.K. Trading Co., but bolstered nonetheless by the exchange. Arthur’s warmth counteracted the cool of the hotel that had swallowed up the space where M.K. Trading Co. used to be.