Urban archaeology: We love Te Amo
Smoke shops with the Te Amo branding once were incredibly common across the city, but like fallout shelter signs, they're become rare enough that happening upon one merits comment. But what about happening upon two, on either side of Fifth Avenue on 33rd Street?
This one is on West 33rd Street, right across the Empire State Building. It's in pretty good shape, and has the bonus of having a yellow sign touting the other goods available, and a Te Amo "cube" at far right.
Just down the street, on East 33rd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues, is a Te Amo sign with much the same elements, only organized differently. The cube is slapped in the middle of the sign, depriving us of a clean view of the main Te Amo sign. But we're not complaining.
We'll update this post as we find new Te Amo signs, and dig around a bit on their history.