Today, Jeremiah has a list of places loved — or just well-liked — around town that have been sitting empty with "for rent" signs.
Meanwhile, there are other storefronts in the LES/East Village that have seemingly been empty for years... Look at the recent photo below taken by the EV Grieve Intern of the former Tina Nails on First Avenue near 14th Street. The "Dear customers" sign remains. The place has been closed since September 2007.
Or how about the Coffee Pot (and, since last fall, Two Boots Restaurant) on Avenue A? Or the long dormant (and jinxed?) restaurant space at 171 Avenue A...?
These storefronts all seem like prime EV/LES locations. What gives? Shit economy? (Though some of these places have been empty since the recession...) Jinxed locations? Stupid landlords?
Here are just a few of the storefronts that remain empty....
There's the former Tonic space on Norfolk, sitting empty next to Blue.
And Kelley & Peng on the Bowery and Second Street.
Second Avenue and Third Street. (The one with the CRAZY landlord!)
East Sixth Street near Avenue A.
East Sixth Street near First Avenue.
Third Avenue near 12th Street.
First Avenue between First Street and Second Street.
First Avenue near East Seventh Street.
For further reading on EV Grieve:
Cafe de Nova space for rent; Avenue B back up to 22 vacant storefronts