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From lion hunters to cool hunters

  For more than eight decades, at the corner of 82nd and Lexington on the Upper East Side of New York City stood a local institution by the name of Lascoff Drugs. The founder, J.L. Lascoff, a Russian-Polish immigrant to the US, opened the very first pharmacy in New York State in 1899. J.L’s son Frederick took over in 1936, and (as reported in his New York Times obituary) Fred “sold leeches to battered prizefighters, catnip oil to lion hunters, and various strange potions to people who h