NEast Village, Manhattan, NYC
lizacharlesworth1:

East Village Bodega RAY’S CANDY STORE by Liza Charlesworth

lizacharlesworth1:

East Village Bodega RAY’S CANDY STORE by Liza Charlesworth

  12AM, Nov 11 2013
Comments 33 notes



Photo: Ray holds up the Daily News cover featuring Milton Glaser’s “I ♥ NY More Than Ever” design, a twist on his iconic logo revealed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Glaser updated his design by adding a smudge to the lower corner of the heart and the words ‘more than ever’. 

From an interview with Glaser at DesignBoom:

‘I love NY more than ever’, why a a variation of the icon?
The only subtlety is the wound, which is located on the lower ‘west side’ of the heart. The shaded portion represented the very area in lower manhattan where the once proud world trade center twin towers stood until a pair of hijacked passenger jets slammed into them. Showing a wounded heart is important. To attain healing, the first thing one must do is to acknowledge that there’s pain. Unfortunately the department of commerce seemed tepid to adopt this creation. That’s why I sent the new logo to the ‘New York Daily News’, which lost no time reproducing it and using it to wrap the newspaper. Close to a million copies of the logo circulated around the city, turning up on windows, lampposts and subway walls.

Read the rest of the interview here.
(Originally posted at 8:46 AM, September 11, 2010.)

Photo: Ray holds up the Daily News cover featuring Milton Glaser’s “I ♥ NY More Than Ever” design, a twist on his iconic logo revealed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Glaser updated his design by adding a smudge to the lower corner of the heart and the words ‘more than ever’. 

From an interview with Glaser at DesignBoom:

‘I love NY more than ever’, why a a variation of the icon?

The only subtlety is the wound, which is located on the lower ‘west side’ of the heart. The shaded portion represented the very area in lower manhattan where the once proud world trade center twin towers stood until a pair of hijacked passenger jets slammed into them. Showing a wounded heart is important. To attain healing, the first thing one must do is to acknowledge that there’s pain. Unfortunately the department of commerce seemed tepid to adopt this creation. That’s why I sent the new logo to the ‘New York Daily News’, which lost no time reproducing it and using it to wrap the newspaper. Close to a million copies of the logo circulated around the city, turning up on windows, lampposts and subway walls.

Read the rest of the interview here.

(Originally posted at 8:46 AM, September 11, 2010.)

(Source: neighborhoodr-eastvillage, via neighborhoodr-eastvillage)

  8AM, Sep 11 2013
Comments 35 notes


Ray’s lease was extended for another year!
This will be his 40th year in business at the shop that bares his name on Avenue A.
Congrats, Ray.
We hope you’re around for another 40!!!!!
Previously on Ray’s Candy Store

Ray’s lease was extended for another year!

This will be his 40th year in business at the shop that bares his name on Avenue A.

Congrats, Ray.

We hope you’re around for another 40!!!!!

Previously on Ray’s Candy Store

  5PM, Jun 13 2013
Comments 2 notes


IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!!!

Time for one of the grandest traditions in the neighborhood!!!

Time for joy! Time for laughs!

Time for…RAY’S BIRTHDAY BURLESQUE EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

Our dear Ray, the plucky young thing, just turned 80 YEARS OLD on January 1st!

80!!!!!!!!!!

In years past, again, in what has become one of the most fun traditions around, some friends of Ray’s have thrown him birthday celebrations with, ahem, entertainment, cake, and all-around mirth.

As this year was something of a milestone, we figured we ought to take it up a notch.

Or several notches…

As in plural…

As in, if one dancer is good, FOUR WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen of the East Village, feast your eyes on the lovely Miss Bunny Buxom, the lovely Jo “Boobs” Weldon (of New York School of Burlesque fame), the lovely Miss Little Motown, and in her triumphant return to the stage at Ray’s Candy Store, the lovely Gal Friday!

On Tuesday night, these four truly put on one helluva show for the guest of honor at an intimate gathering at Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A.

Ray was on Cloud 9. And his jaw dropped lower, and his smile grew wider as each new girl emerged from the back of the store.

“This is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me!!!” he shouted at the end.

Afterward, Bunny said “I think I’m in love!” and Little Motown beamed “This is exactly why I moved to New York!!!”

Jo exclaimed that it was more fun than she could have ever imagined, and Gal, who performed for Ray’s birthday two years ago, said dancing at Ray’s the first time was one of her all-time favorite moments and that she was so happy she could return for an encore this year.

Absolute pros, these gals.

And thanks goes out to all of Ray’s pals who helped plan this now annual event.

Big thanks to:

Shawn Chittle for providing the tunes.

Lindsay for picking up the cake from Veniero’s (DELICIOUS!)

Francisco Valera, Ray’s upstairs neighbor, for offering up his apartment to the lovely ladies as a dressing room (Really, SUCH a sacrifice to invite four drop dead gorgeous women into your home to undress down to their knickers. Your selflessness is inspiring, Francisco!)

Golda Colonge, a Columbia grad student who is in the process of making a documentary on Ray, and crew for recording the event for posterity. Can’t WAIT to see that footage!!!

Ilya Shinkar, longtime friend of Ray’s, for his help ringing this whole thing together as he’s done the last few years.

Eden Brower, aka Slum Goddess, for helping to spread the word.

And everyone else who came out to celebrate with our man Ray!

Lastly, Happy 80th Birthday to Ray, an absolute living legend. Ray, you are a treasure, and we love you.

We’ll update the story with more photos as they’re revealed.

If you stop by the store this week, be sure to wish Ray a belated Happy Birthday!

You can always follow Ray on Twitter @RaysCandyStore and Facebook and give him some love there.

And don’t forget: you can pick up some sweet Ray gear in The Official Ray’s Candy Store Collection on Cafepress.

Now…HOW THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO TOP THIS NEXT YEAR?!?

Previously:

http://neighborhoodr-eastvillage.tumblr.com/post/16420076853/happy-birthday-ray-as-we-reported-earlier-ray

http://neighborhoodr-eastvillage.tumblr.com/post/3051301510/burlesque-star-gal-friday-performs-at-rays

  3AM, Jan 30 2013
Comments 14 notes



#1 thing about walking in the East Village at 5am is passing @RaysCandyStore and Ray yelling, “I LOVE YOU,” out the window to me.
Tweet via @genifer_genifer

Oh, that Ray…
Speaking of…
Ray has some new Fall menu items!
Fried Calamari with a “side” [Ed. - the size of a “shoebox” in Ray’s world!] of Fries!
and
Fish & Chips!
Give ‘em both a try!
Ray’s Candy Store
113 Avenue A
Previously on Ray’s Candy Store
——————————
Follow us on Tumblr, Twitter @NHEastVillage or via RSS
Submit a story here or e-mail NHEastVillage@gmail.com

#1 thing about walking in the East Village at 5am is passing @RaysCandyStore and Ray yelling, “I LOVE YOU,” out the window to me.

Tweet via @genifer_genifer

Oh, that Ray…

Speaking of…

Ray has some new Fall menu items!

Fried Calamari with a “side” [Ed. - the size of a “shoebox” in Ray’s world!] of Fries!

and

Fish & Chips!

Give ‘em both a try!

Ray’s Candy Store

113 Avenue A

Previously on Ray’s Candy Store

——————————

Follow us on Tumblr, Twitter @NHEastVillage or via RSS

Submit a story here or e-mail NHEastVillage@gmail.com

  2PM, Sep 26 2012
Comments 0 notes


Watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire over the weekend and couldn’t help but notice that the elderly caretaker in the opening scene looked a lot like a certain local candy store owner

So, that’s why Ray only works the night shift. By day, he’s a professional film and television actor!

Who knew?!?

All these years we were being served fries by a card-carrying celebrity!!!

Who needs TomKat or Daniel Craig when we’ve got our man Ray?

Stop by for some fries…and an autograph every night after 10 PM to see Hollywood Ray himself.

Photo Credits: Top: Bob Arihood, Bottom: Lincoln Anderson

  9AM, Jul 3 2012
Comments 6 notes


Earlier today I brought my kitchen cabinet and counter down to the sidewalk. What made it great was the top offered more counter space, which no one ever has enough of. Now it’s lying on a pile of discarded stuff, in the same spot I picked it up from when I got here. Is there anything more East Village than that?
-

Read more of 20-year East Village resident Gita Reddy’s goodbye in The Ex-Villagers | One Last Egg Cream Before a New Life in L.A. via The Local East Village Blog

——————————

Follow us on Tumblr, Twitter @NHEastVillage or via RSS

Submit a story here or e-mail NHEastVillage@gmail.com

  12PM, Jun 7 2012
Comments 0 notes


beautifulinnyc:

At midnight… This is gold! (Taken with Instagram at Ray’s Candy Store)

Mouthwatering, indeed.
Previously on the wonderland that is Ray’s Candy Store
113 Avenue A

beautifulinnyc:

At midnight… This is gold! (Taken with Instagram at Ray’s Candy Store)

Mouthwatering, indeed.

Previously on the wonderland that is Ray’s Candy Store

113 Avenue A

  11AM, May 17 2012
Comments 3 notes


Today, March 15th is National Egg Cream Day!!!

Since its invention in New York City during the late 1800’s the Egg Cream has been a traditional drink of the American Soda Fountain.

Despite it’s name, this drink made of Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate syrup, Milk and Seltzer drink contains no egg and no cream. The original of the drink and its name is shrouded in mystery. Although there are only three ingredients, techniques vary tremendously and are one of the secrets kept by a master Soda Jerk.

The drink originated in 19th century New York City, and there are many stories about how it’s name came to be. Some say it originally contained an egg. Others say it comes from the yiddish word “Echt” which means real or good cream. Still others say it was the product of a New York accent, turing a french drink name, “chocolate et creme” into a “Chocolate Egg Cream.” No matter why its name came to be, the egg cream is a tradition of the American Soda Fountain that still lives around the country.”

Stop by Ray’s Candy Store or Gem Spa in the East Village today to enjoy one of these classic concoctions!

Ray’s Candy Store, 113 Avenue A at 7th Street

Gem Spa, 131 2nd Avenue at St. Mark’s Place

Previously:

How To Make A New York Chocolate Egg Cream

Image credit: Thanks to Craig Boldman, one of the classic illustrators of Archie comics for this rendition of Pop Tate making an egg cream. Thanks to Archie Comics for letting us use this image. 

——————————

Follow us on Tumblr, Twitter @NHEastVillage or via RSS

Submit a story here or e-mail NHEastVillage@gmail.com

  12PM, Mar 15 2012
Comments 1 note


via esquared:

At Ray’s Candy Store
Top pic — 1995 during the easy living and easy drinking warmer season
Bottom pic — 00:28 hrs , 2 March 2008
Photos by the late, great Bob Arihood (Neither More Nor Less)

via esquared:

At Ray’s Candy Store

Top pic — 1995 during the easy living and easy drinking warmer season

Bottom pic — 00:28 hrs , 2 March 2008

Photos by the late, great Bob Arihood (Neither More Nor Less)

  2PM, Jan 26 2012
Comments 2 notes




  About Neighborhoodr
  Neighborhoodr is a local neighborhood blog network where anyone can quickly and easily post about what's happening in their neighborhood without having to log in or register.

Have news you'd like to share about your neighborhood? Just use the share buttons along the top of the page.

Follow the East Village blog on Twitter at @NHEastVillage
  Editors
 

Interested in becoming an editor for this blog? Email us at hi@neighborhoodr.com for more information.