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一昨年の夏、我が家のすぐ近くにあった老舗薬局屋が閉店した。
1899年から、100年以上にわたって、地元の人々に愛された店だった。

http://ny-blog.org/archives/3501849.html

地盤の固いマンハッタンでは、建物を新築することよりも、古い躯体をそのまま
利用して改装することの方が多い。
街の景観を保護する意味でも、新築の許可を取ることが困難であるという理由もある。

1年半の月日が経ち、改装工事の壁が取り除かれると、見慣れないグレーカラーが
目に映えた。
ハリウッドやマンハッタンで人気の眼鏡店WARBY PARKER。
日本では価格破壊といわれる値段で手に入る眼鏡業界に反して、米国ではまだまだ
高級な眼鏡が人気。
そしてこの地区は、なぜか眼鏡屋の激戦区で、この界隈だけで十数軒の眼鏡屋が
点在している。

人々が長く必要とした薬局のように、この眼鏡屋も長い歴史を刻んでいくのだろうか。
健康を助長するスポーツジムの横に、脂肪たっぷりのアイスクリーム屋があったり。
映画館のすぐ横に、眼鏡屋が佇んでいたり。
なんとも矛盾の多い、そしてクールな街。それがマンハッタンなのだ。

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Summer of two years ago, well-established pharmacy that was in the
immediate vicinity of the home was closed.
It was a shop from 1899 that has been loved by the local people more
than 100 years.

In Manhattan with firm ground, it is much better to be renovated using as
it is the old precursor in many cases, than to build a new building.
Taking the permission of the new construction is also difficult, in the sense
that is intended to protect the landscape of the city,

When month of a year and a half have passed and the walls of the
renovations was removed, the gray color that was unfamiliar in eyes was
shown.
It was a shop of the optician WARBY PARKER that is very popular in
Manhattan and Hollywood.
Contrary to glasses industry available at price which is said to be price
destruction in Japan, high-grade glasses still popular in the United States.
And this area is in the battleground state of optician, more than ten stores
are dotted in this neighborhood for some reason only.

As people have required that pharmacy for a long time, I wonder this
eyeglass shop also hit a long history.
Next to the gym which promotes health, there is an ice cream shop with
a lot of fat.
Right next to the movie theater, there is a optician store.
The city is very cool, with a lot of downright contradiction.
It's a Manhattan.

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