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In the years since Pink European Nail Boutique closed its doors in 1999, rent in the neighborhood has spiked dramatically. Take the 16-floor, brick apartment building located just south of the space out of which Pink used to operate. Built in 1929, its market value increased some 163 percent between 2003 and 2017, climbing from $10,700,000 to $28,138,000.
Pink European Nail Boutique, C.B.K. Cookies, and Roosters Flowers each occupied this spot of Columbus Avenue at some point over the course of the 1990s. The last, Roosters, was succeeded by another flower shop, Posies, which has been there ever since.
With so many nail salons in New York City with the word "pink" in them (Think Pink; New Pink: Pinky; Pink Lemon; Pink Nail) the search for this shop sent me on a wild goose chase. For quite some time, I was convinced that a nail salon on Lexington was the current iteration of the European Nail Boutique that Gerry had sketched. In search of the owner, I returned several times to the shop. He was never around. Then one day, looking closely at Gerry's illustration, it hit me: this salon used to be located in the same space as C.B.K. Cookies and Roosters Flowers. It had the same stone work on the ground floor, the same green branches peeking out from behind the shop, and most importantly the same address written on the door. How could I have missed that previously?! That discovery led to a new round of research. This time I found a clue. There was a Pink European Nail Boutique owned by a certain Randy Ochart, the same name of the current owner of French Sole, whose flagship store was located on Lexington Avenue. But there was no response to my attempts at contacting him. Did I have the wrong man?