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Who, What and Where

Second Ave Chemists, Inc. dba/ Block Drug Stores/ 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, Pharmacist specialize in Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics, Indications and usage, Warnings, Contraindications, Adverse Reactions, Dosage and Administration as well as Counseling Patients. 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. I Carmine Palermo jr. 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 owner of the business. Our pharmacy has not deviated off the path; we still believe our customers always come first. Your health is our priority, and our concern. Come visit us, or feel free to browse our website, you will find great prices, receive excellent service and find health related articles. Please excuse our website, we are currently in our developing phase, so you might not find everything you want in our catalog. You can e-mail us with any request for any item you think we might carry.

Thank you, and always good health.

Carmine Palermo

From the Desk of Beth Palermo,

A quick introduction:
Some people might think we at Block Drug Stores are old fashion, over cautious and some wonder why we even care. Why? Because we center our business on you and your family’s health 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 good healthy tranquil sleep. By providing your body with the necessary nutrients, improving your energy level with daily exercises and having a proper good night rest, you will 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 each and 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 your perform any strenuous exercises). A few jumping jacks, riding a stationary bicycle, a couple of sit-ups and few push-ups will eventually lead you to a good full 30 minutes of healthy exercising. And to unwind at night, my preference is yoga.

Lucky for me some 15 years ago, I develop food allergies to MSG, modified food starch and its relatives. I myself liked to indulge in deserts, cookies and other wonderful tasting goodies, but since the end results 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 always cooked with fresh ingredients; still, I always need to read each and every label, always favoring the least preservative. If and when I dine out, we always inquire about the meals, and what ingredients are added, you would be very surprised at unwanted extras.

As for vitamins, supplementing your daily intake with a good one a day vitamin, and or a few individual vitamins like, B-complex, Vitamin C, folic acid, B-12, Co-Enzyme Q, and Omega 3-6-9 can 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 (as in always going on a constant diet). Let’s face it, we all grow old, still growing old isn’t as bad as it seems if we can do it gracefully. Please take care of your body it only comes once in a life time.

Beth Palermo RPh