33 St. Mark's Place
History - written by Chris Buchner (used with permission)
Since its use as the facade of Ray's Occult, the store has undergone many owner changes. From June 1977 until early 1989, it was Manic Panic, a hip clothing store. Then it became Smash followed by Normans 2, both dealing in CDs. In 1996, the store changed hands yet again and opened as a record store called Rockit Scientist Records.
15 Years Later: The building has undergone a major facelift. When compared to the movie, the building’s natural brick color is exposed and new ornamental decorations have been placed above the windows. The storefront itself has been painted and changed slightly, while the doorway that was between it and the other store has been sealed and replaced by a staircase leading to a doorway on the second floor, now a tattoo parlor. The phone that was closer to the deli is now two phones located by the curb in front of it. The awning to neighboring St. Mark’s Deli has been changed and renamed St. Mark’s Deli/Grocery.