Photo by myself in Ray's Candy Store, at 7th Street and Avenue A, in Alphabet City.
The signs inside Ray's Candy look un-spellchecked and unchanged from another time.
I stopped by this weekend for a snack of mouthwatering beignets, which are small pieces of fried dough, sprinkled with powdered sugar. They were divine!
This store is absolutely tiny, with just enough room for a couple customers to stand at the counter. Behind the counter is a whirlwind of signs and other crap, advertising what unhealthy stuff you can get here - egg creams, sandwiches, ice cream cones.
There have been rumors over the last couple years of Ray's closing its doors. I hope they are only rumors. This place is authentic as it gets.
Here's an interview with Ray, who started the store in 1974:
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