Walking through the Spring Arcade Building this past Wednesday, I noticed that new floor tiles were being installed, replacing the horribly ugly and dated white tiles that have been there since probably the 1950s. The new slate tiles consisting of grey and brown hues are marginally nicer than the old ones (at least they look clean). However, they do clash with the existing yellow-beige walls, so the jury is still out until the owner of the building hopefully decides to repaint the yellow-beige walls with a color that actually matches the new slate floors.
Even with the questionable new floors, eventually in the next few years, the entire Spring Arcade will likely have a completely different atmosphere than what exists today as a low-end shopping corridor selling everything from tourist-oriented T-shirts to kitschy battery operated toy aquariums. In April 2012, Famima opened their new convenience store facing Broadway and helped set a new aesthetic precedent for the rest of the Spring Arcade — one that’s clean and attractive. Later this year, Royal Clayton’s restaurant will be opening on the other side of the arcade facing Spring Street and will be replacing a cluttered electronics store.
Year 1932: Inside Spring Arcade with original checkered floor: