Before the Manhattan Bridge or the Chrysler or Empire State buildings were built, there was Garber Hardware. The business has been in the same family for five generations.

The first store was located at the corner of Horatio Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan’s West Village. In 2003, Garber Hardware moved to Greenwich Street, and has since expanded to a second location in the Chelsea neighborhood.

On this week’s Cityscape, we're going inside one of New York City’s longest-running mom and pop businesses.

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C.O. Bigelow Apothecary is the oldest apothecary in America. The Greenwich Village pharmacy and shop is run by 3rd generation pharmacist, Ian Ginsberg. Ian works alongside his son Alec who is the 4th generation pharmacist at the New York City locale.

C.O. Bigelow’s is a staple of the village, serving many prominent personalities since it was established in 1838. Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison are among some of the original customers. Legend has it Edison burned his fingers while making an early prototype of light bulb and soothed them with balm from Bigelow’s.

Cityscape producer Fiona Shea caught up with Ian and Alec Ginsberg, the father-son duo, and talked about what it’s like to run this well-known apothecary today.

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Our lives can sometimes feel full of routine -- get up, go to work, go to the gym -- repeat. But what if you hit pause for an entire year to go on a sailing adventure? That’s what one New York City family did.

Erik and Emily Orton and their five children set sail in 2014 on a 5,000 mile journey that would take them from the Caribbean back home to Manhattan. They detail their adventure in a new book, Seven At Sea: Why a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat. Erik and Emily are our guests on this edition of Cityscape.

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Lucy Kalantari is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, composer, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Kalantari is the bandleader of Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats. The group received a Grammy this year for best children’s album. All of the Sounds is a collection of jazz-infused songs for kids and families.

Being a mother herself, Kalantari is very in touch with how kids interact with music today. We invited her to our studios to to discuss her Grammy, her professional journey, and her life as a New York City mom and musician.

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