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Sutton Clock Shop

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Family-run clock repair shop

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Upper East Side
Commercial, Business and Industry, Shopping


Catherine Stratton

Catherine Stratton

Sutton Clock Shop has done business in New York City for over 60 years, when Knud Laws, just off the boat from Denmark, opened Sutton Clock & Pawn Shop on Sutton Place. In the 1960s it became solely a clock repair shop and moved to Lexington Avenue and 62rd Street, where it remained until 2012. It recently relocated to East 82nd Street. The shop is now run by expert clockmaker Sebastian Laws, the son of Knud, who trained under his father. Walking into the shop is like walking into the past when clocks still ticked and chimed and had to be wound. There are clocks of all styles and time periods hanging on the walls, sitting on shelves and on the floor. Sebastian still uses a huge log book to keep track of finances and uses the same tools that clockmakers used centuries ago. Its a zenlike environment - silent save for the constant ticking as clocks count the seconds and the chimes count off the quarter hours.

There is an interesting back story about the clock shops founder, Knud. He was an expert rower and competed on the Danish crew team in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin when Hitler was in power. After the war started, Knud became involved with the Danish underground and was given the job of rowing people to safety by crossing the Baltic Sea at night past German ships. After the war he emigrated to the United States. He passed away in March of 2012. He was 96 years old. (March 2013)

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