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Have you ever meandered into the bright little shop at 113 Avenue A between St. Marks Place and 7th Street? It might have been at 3am when you were craving fried oreo cookies? Or maybe a mid-day egg cream to bring to Tompkins Square Park? Maybe Ray was there, behind the counter, joking and telling stories, or pulling out his binders of poems and photos from the early days of the shop or his various raucous birthday parties.
Ray, serving up a specialty cone. Image via @twobigbellies on Instagram
Ray’s Candy Store has been a staple of East Village life since 1974, and Ray Alvarez, who works every night shift at the store, is at its helm. And we at Village Preservation are thrilled to be giving Ray and his shop a Village Award for 2020.
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