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Don’t be fooled by the sign hanging outside that boasts “Since 1938” or by the vintage porcelain knick knacks and worn-wood moldings and other such details on display in the café. These totems channel the ghosts of Old World Europe in style only. Far from old, Piccolo, a local chain with four outlets, has only been around since 2012. Along with the French-inspired frozen food shop next door, the two local chains are geared toward the neighborhood’s new demographic: late thirty-somethings with a median yearly income of $170,000.
Happily for me, Gerry's illustration included a depiction of this shop's neighbor, Candle Bar, making it easy to find the location. Unhappily, not only have I been unable to find a more exact name for the shop or anything about its history, much less the whereabouts of its owner, but Candle Bar, the Upper West Side’s oldest gay bar, has also since closed.