10. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is housed in a restored 1920s apothecary

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is located in a restored 1920s apothecary called Longo’s on Henry Street. The apothecary was very successful almost a century ago, but after it closed, the exterior withered away while the interior was frozen in time. The space had architectural details and pharmacy goods preserved, despite dust and clutter. Months of work on restoring the space did not come to fruition until the casting director for the Discovery Channel’s reality TV show Construction Intervention randomly pulled up asking for directions. In just five days, a production crew undertook the restoration of the old pharmacy.

In 2010, after the extremely quick restoration, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain opened, filling a void of soda fountain shops mostly absent from New York’s modern culinary scene. The spot serves up classics like egg creams, ice cream floats, and over a dozen sundaes. Milkshakes range from black and white to Rainbow Connection to peanut butter.

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