Last week, I was scouting around the Upper West Side when I noticed something nestled in the miniscule gap between two buildings on Columbus…
Literally occupying about 3 or 4 feet of space, was that a store??
Indeed it was! Known as the “Amazing Store and Smoke Shop” (which pretty much covers everything, if you think about it)…
…the store is exactly as wide as the door frame:
Inside, the Amazing Store is your standard magazine shop…only extremely skinny! It goes back about 12 feet or so, but never gets any wider than the doorframe. Note the worn hardwood floors:
The Amazing Store isn’t the smallest shop in Manhattan. That dubious distinction belongs to places like The Silversmith or The World’s Smallest Store, which can barely fit a single customer and really stretch the definition of “store” to the limit.
But what I love about the Amazing Store is that it’s a fully fledged bodega that doesn’t need to draw attention to its small stature for business. It’s just a magazine shop like any other…only really, really skinny.
There’s something amazing about that. Anyone know of a contender for skinnier?