After workers took down the facade at children’s store Wyatt Lily on Columbus between 73rd and 74th, another old sign peeked out. The Last Wound-Up was a children’s store that sold all sorts of fun knick-knacks in the 1980s. Sarah Andress told us it was one of her favorite spots when she was a kid.
“The Last Wound up was my favorite store when I was about 7 and my family moved to West 75th. It was a truly wonderful store literally crammed full of hundreds of cardboard boxes of wind-up knick knacks. I still have a miniature pull-back car I bought with my allowance, probably in 1984. It still works! I think that right next to this – sort of ironic – was Think Big, full of comically giant versions of things like Bayer aspirin.”
Interestingly, a commenter on another post we did about this store said that the Last Wound-Up was considered a sign of gentrification when it first got to the neighborhood: “Nostalgia is always personal and relative. I remember a friend who was a lifelong UWS resident lamenting to me that this trendy mechanical toy store had just opened up, displacing his long-time laundry. He saw the Last Wound-Up as a dire sign of encroaching gentrification.”
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