It is an unwritten rule of NYC that you must be FIERCE AS ALL HELL to hang out in front of the Gem Spa. Even now that St. Mark’s is kind of a joke, it’s true! No hanging out outside the Gem Spa if you are not the fiercest things going. Arthur Russell (legendary hang-er out-er at/outside the Gem Spa) would approve of these ladies, I am sure of it.
This photo was taken at the corner shop called Gem Spa, in 1973. Gem Spa is still in the same location, and essentially still the same shop (‘NY’s Best Egg Cream’). Subsequent photos are of Gem Spa today.