“The other day [Steven Heller] was taken by Times Design Director Tom Bodkin to an unassuming, narrow storefront on West 38th street in the bustling Garment Center / Port Authority / New York Times area around 8th Avenue. Hecht is the name and once inside this Sewing Machine & Motor Co., Inc. comes alive with the past. The proprietor Steven Hecht is the proud collector of all things mechanical (his 94 year old father is the skilled repairer of all things machine) and the shop, the high walls and narrow 1920s-era space is filled with everything from mannequins to vintage sewing apparatus, with lights, lamps, buffers and stainless Mack Truck dogs sprinkled all around (and on two floors too). . . ”
Read the rest here. A bit of online searching turned up a great ampersand on their signage; I hope to get a photo of it in person someday. Read more about Hecht’s here.