In 1905, New York Central took its name from the train line that fascinated Benjamin Steinberg and represented to him the “Great American Success Story.” Although the New York Central Line never passed anywhere near its namesake, perhaps the proximity of the Third Avenue El rumbling overhead constantly kept it in mind.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, as Benjamin’s grandson, Steven Steinberg, worked closely with many of the most respected artists, New York Central began importing some of the finest art materials from around the world. Charbonnel Inks, Raphael, Manet and Isabey Brushes, Sennelier Oils, papers from Europe, Bhutan, India and Nepal - items that were previously unknown - were introduced to the American market.
New York Central had been serving the world's most famous artists for over 100 years with the most experienced staff and the widest selection of materials available anywhere. A knowledgeable staff of working artists were pleased to offer to all of their customers the newest technology, the old standards, the rare, the exotic and perhaps a glimmer of inspiration. With perhaps the best selection of artist's materials and especially paper in the world, New York Central occupied a special place in art history. From their world-famous paper department to their huge selection of hard-to-find materials, they had everything you need to bring out your creativity. Quite simply, if they didn't have it, it didn't exist. And if it didn't exist, they could get it made for you. Their store was located in New York City, where they had been for over 100 years.
In July 2016, Jerry's International Palette Shop acquired the rights to continue the legacy of NY Central, and became Jerry's New York Central. We will do everything we can to respect the memory of this fine paper supplier and its loyal customers.