America’s First Punk Store: Manic Panic

Best known these days as a hair dye brand, Manic Panic actually began as a punk store in NYC. Believed to be the first-ever punk shop in the United States, Manic Panic was opened in 1977 at St Marks Place in the East Village, by sisters Tish and Snooky Bellomo. In an interview with Atlas Obscura (which occurred at the Manic Panic Long Island location) Snooky says, “We did know, from early on, at the dawn of punk, we knew it was such a special thing, and such a special scene to be a part of.” Read more about these pioneering punks at Atlas Obscura.