Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dental work at Root and Bone



The renovations continue at 200 E. Third St. at Avenue B, the future home of the Southern-themed Root & Bone.

Yesterday, EVG reader Peter Mitchell pointed out a discovery that workers made here… an old door was found behind a wall of the restaurant … announcing the office of Dr. H. Blicker, Dentist…



We have no idea when this door dates to (Mama's Food Shop was the tenant for 15-plus years.) We couldn't find any mention of Dr. Blicker online.

In any event, that this space once served as a dental office gives the name Root & Bone a whole new meaning ...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope they work it in to the new space. It's cool.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap, that's fantastic.

Anonymous said...

They should work it into the new space. It's a real treasure. They could also sell the door and get some good money for it.

moe said...

Hopefully some true old-skooler reading here will recall for us the good doctor Blicker, perhaps recounting a particularly hairy extraction achieved by this neighborhood practitioner, or sharing the ribald rumors that circulated regarding his buxom nurse.

Anonymous said...

I expect to see Julius Knipl walk out the door.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should find a new sign, and a new name.
Mostly because it is a direct ripoff of Rag & Bone, logo and all… but also is corny.

Anonymous said...

It is worked into the new space... It's the door! Is that not obvious? Either way, it's very cool.

Gojira said...

So what was behind the door, another room? you don't just have doors leading into nowhere!

pinhead said...

The best I could find on a dentist Dr. H Blicker: The census shows a Hyman Blicker living in Brooklyn in 1930 (age 22) and 1940 (age 33) who reports his occupation as dentist with "own office." Born 1905, graduated from U.Penn, died 1990 in Florida. I couldn't find any other dentists named Blicker. But this Blicker's office seems to have been in Brooklyn (at 515 Ocean Ave)--I couldn't place him in the EV. Mystery not solved.

Anonymous said...

2:21, maybe change the name to Root Canal & Bone Graft?? Nah, still corny...

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

The style of door and typeface with gilded lettering is consistent with your time frame, pinhead. Blicker's not too common a name, having 2 dentists with that name operating in NYC at the same time would be really coincidental. I think you nailed it. It's probably the same H. Blicker.

Glenn Belverio said...

Pinhead, you've basically confirmed what I have suspected: the door is a typical hipster "reclaimed" "curated" decorating affectation. They probably bought the door at an antique shop in Williamsburg. The dentist detail works with the name of the restaurant. I don't believe they found the door inside the walls of the restaurant.