C.O. Begelow Pharmacy

Oldest Pharmacy: C.O. Bigelow...

Oldest Pharmacy: C.O. Bigelow
- 414 Sixth Ave., Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Founded: 1838
C.O. Bigelow's website helpfully notes that Martin Van Buren was president when the place which calls itself "the oldest apothecary in America" - opened. Through the years, everyone from writer Mark Twain to filmmaker John Waters were regulars there. Paley also notes some personal history that took place at C.O. Bigelow: "I learned to tie my shoelaces at the old soda fountain there in the 1960s," she says. Regrettably, the soda fountain is no longer there, but the venerable store still stands.