shopping 04.17.15

Fountain Pen Hospital
the skint

Obamacare will not, sadly, cover your ailing Omas nor nib replacement surgery for your old Mabie Todd.

Fountain Pen Hospital 10 Warren St. [Church/ Bway] 212.964.0580, will, however, restore your beloved writing instrument to fine fettle. They can also sell you a new pen from a simple Cross gel to a limited-edition Montblanc to a 14k solid gold Wahl Eversharp Skyline.

Al Wiederlight founded FPH in 1946 with his son, Phil. After ballpoint pens were introduced, particularly the Parker Jotter in the 1950s, fountain pens began to lose their place as a beloved accessory and the company had to resort to unseemly tactics—like selling office supplies—to stay in business.

In spite of the fact that most people communicate digitally now, or perhaps because of it, there's been a resurgence in interest and use of fountain pens.

Phil's sons, Terry and Steve, are running the operation and business is thriving. In the last few years they've undergone a renovation inside and out, so they can showcase the pens in the style they deserve.

The Hospital has had many famous customers over the years from Ernest Hemingway to Meryl Streep. They have the same phone number they've had for decades, when it was written WOrth 4-0580. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday.

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 1:30-2:30pm (fridays thru 10/9): en garde! free group beginner fencing lessons return to bryant park for the season. equipment provided. pre-registration and drop-ins welcome.

fri-sun: 80+ international photography art galleries feature works from the 19th century through today at the 35th annual aipad photography show. park avenue armory, $30 general, $20 students.

fri-sun: the seventh annual brooklyn folk festival moves to st. ann's church (brooklyn heights) with 30 bands, screenings, workshops, a banjo toss contest and square dance. $20+.

sat 11am-6pm: 100 artists, makers, and manufacturers open their doors to the public during industry city open studios. free.

sat 12-6pm: the seventh annual rainbow book fair, the largest lgbt book event in the country, features 100+ authors and publishers, plus readings, panels, and more. holiday inn midtown (440 w. 57th st., bet 9th + 10th aves), $3 suggested donation.

sun 11am-6pm: bust craftacular's primped fashion, beauty and vintage fair includes 65+ vendors of handmade and vintage clothing and accessories, beauty and body products, free primping services and hand massages, and more. bonus: the first 300 folks get a free swag bag. brooklyn bazaar, $5 admission.

sun 3:30pm: need more cowbell handbell? nearly 100 performers from six ensembles will fill the riverside church with ringing sounds at the 37th annual english handbell festival. $15-20.

thru 4/26: the 14th annual tribeca film festival returns with 12 days of features, shorts, special events, and plenty of free events including free outdoor 'drive in' screenings (4/16-18: clue, lady and the tramp, a faster horse), free panels and talks (4/16-26, rsvp required), free 'film for all' screenings (4/24, rsvp required), a free family street fair (4/25), and more. various locations and prices.


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