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The man working behind the counter at Lexington Jewelry practically hissed at me when I asked him if he knew anything about Syed’s Candy Store. “I don’t want to do this” he declared, before standing up and turning his back to me. Happily, such encounters have been the exception. Most of the time people indulge my two-sentence introduction before either nodding their head, telling me, no, they do not know anything about the former shop, or smiling before sharing what they do know. Nearly everyone I have met reacts with delight when I show them Gerry’s illustrations and often this has led them to reminisce or to share their thoughts about how the city has changed since then.
An employee at Andrade's Shoe Repair next door shared that a few years ago he thought he had spotted Syed selling goods from a table located near the New York University College of Dentistry on East 24th at First Avenue. On the off chance that I might encounter him there, one winter afternoon I headed over to First Avenue to investigate. No sign of him. Maybe when the weather improves and the tourists return, they will bring back with them Syed and his table of wares? I can only hope.