Weekend’s on West Broadway – OK Cigars

OK Cigars, at 383 West Broadway between Broome and Spring, has been open for around 16 years when the owner Ivan Karp decided between opening a donut shop or a cigar shop within the OK Harris Store.

OK Cigars Humidor

OK Cigars Humidor

OK Harris was Soho’s first art gallery, named the OK Harris Gallery, which Ivan Karp opened around 1969.  At the time, Ivan was very well known as Andy Warhol’s first Art Dealer.

Gavin Baker, a manager who has been working for 5 years provided an overview and tour of the store:

Ivan used to work at the old “Castelli Gallery” (The Leo Castelli Gallery @ 4 East 77th Street which opened on February 10, 1957) and was able to choose many of the artists whose art was displayed there.  Andy Warhol came in and tried to get a special price on a drawing, and a friendship began after Ivan went to Andy’s studio.

Almost a year ago Ivan passed away, which was one of Soho’s recent neighborhood losses.

OK Cigars Retail Store

OK Cigars Retail Store

There are many Cigar friendly restaurants in Soho such as Cipriani DowntownFelix or many of the stoops on Sullivan and Thompson Street.  The perfect cigar strut would be picking up / lighting a cigar at OK Cigars, walking up West Broadway to check out the street artists, and hanging out on the stoop of St. Anthony’s Church on Sullivan and Houston.