Ideal Glass is a nondescript name for a glass business. Lots of
products and services were “ideal” in the mid-20th
century—like the old
Ideal Hosiery store on Grand Street, which had its own
And who was Samuel Cohen’s son, or Samuel Cohen, for that
matter? The glass makers who ran this store at 20-22 East Second
Street in the East Village may have been lost to the ages.
Since 2004 the garage-like building has been occupied by Ideal
Glass, the performance space.
They pay homage to the previous tenants here with this note on their
website: the “original space at 22 E 2nd St was transformed
from a 1950’s glazier’s workshop into an independent gallery
space and art collective.”
Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
A faded East Village sign for a glazier’s workshop