Gem Spa Sells Magazines and "Egg Creams," but no Gems! (NYC, March 2009), originally uploaded by Hernan Hernandez.
Gem Spa is not a spa and it sells no gems! Instead, it is an old-fashioned, well-stocked newspaper/magazine store that also happens to sell fountain sodas, ice cream, candy and what is generally regarded to be New York's best "Egg Cream" (a hand-mixed, flavored, carbonated beverage that DOES NOT include eggs or cream!). It's been there for more than 70 years and is a true NYC institution.
Gem Spa was featured on the back cover of the New York Dolls debut album as well as on a well-known Ramone's photograph and T-Shirt... assuring it a small place in Rock & Roll history and it's legend as a local icon.