About Us

BLOCK DRUG STORES/BLOCKS VISION CARE is located in the heart of the East Village at the corner of 6th Street and 2nd Avenue. Our pharmacy was established in 1885 when most medications were measured with a Class A prescription balance instrument and were dispersed in a variety of measured formulations. The most common dosage forms were capsules, powder papers, ointments, creams, liquids, and suppositories. Today, even with the advantage of technology, a pharmacist must specialize in a wide variety of areas to offer safe and effective services, such as:

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Indications & Usage
  • Warnings & Contraindications
  • Adverse Reactions
  • Dosage & Administration
  • Patient Counseling

A Word from Our Owner & Pharmacist

As my father would say, “Pharmacy is a life-saving profession.” In 1962, my father, Carmine Palermo, Sr., purchased 50% of Second Ave Chemists, Inc. As his son, Carmine Palermo, Jr., I began working for Block Drug Stores in 1975 and became a partner in 1982. In 1994, my father semi-retired, and my wife Beth Palermo RPh and I became sole owners of the business. Our pharmacy has not deviated from the path that was set in 1962. We still believe our customers always come first. Your health is our priority, and our concern. Come to visit us, or feel free to browse our website. You will enjoy great prices, receive excellent service, and find health-related articles.

Thank you, and always enjoy good health!
Carmine Palermo

From the Desk of Beth Palermo

Some people might think we are old fashion and over cautious. However, our East Village pharmacy in New York, NY, places a big role in your family’s health care needs. Unlike the chain drug stores, we interact with our customers, interchanging ideas and experiences. We strongly believe in eating healthy, exercising regularly, supplementing your diet with vitamins, and having a tranquil sleep. We want you to feel and look healthier while having the strength to deal with your everyday busy life.

Try to eat three small to medium meals a day, supplementing with small healthy snacks, like fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, celery, carrots, and or other non-fat goodies. Wake up 15 minutes earlier every day so you can exercise. Physical activity is the best way to wake up your body. I like to stretch 10 minutes before I perform any strenuous activity (Just a reminder, check with your physician before you perform any strenuous exercises). A few jumping jacks, riding a stationary bicycle, a couple of sit-ups, and few push-ups eventually lead you to a good full 30 minutes of healthy exercising. And to unwind at night, my preference is yoga.

Some 15 years ago, I developed food allergies to MSG, modified food starch and its relatives. I myself liked to indulge in desserts, cookies, and other wonderful tasting goodies. Since the end result of these allergies were undesirable, I began to read every packaged food–eliminating mass-produced deserts, pre-made meals, and even some candies. Both Carmine and I cook with fresh ingredients, but we always read each and every label–favoring the least preservative. When we dine out, we always inquire about the meals and what ingredients are added. You would be very surprised at how many unwanted extras are in these foods.

As for vitamins, supplement your daily intake with a good one-a-day vitamin, and a few individual vitamins, such as B-complex, Vitamin C, folic acid, B-12, Co-Enzyme Q, and Omega 3-6-9. They provide your body with a few extra maintained miles–especially if you have developed a chronic condition, like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and/or have bad eating habits. Let’s face it. We all grow old. Still, growing old isn’t as bad as it seems if we do it gracefully. Please take care of your body. It only comes once in a lifetime.

Beth Palermo RPh

Contact us to find out how you can live a healthier and happier life. We proudly serve customers throughout New York, NY.