Monday, July 13, 2009

Sons & Daughters closing on Avenue A; new tenant for A and Third Street?

High-end kid's shop Sons & Daughters at 35 Avenue A is going out of business. Its last day is Aug. 23.




I'm wondering what will become of the mechanical dolphin out front?



This is starting to be a lonely stretch of Avenue A between Third Street and Second Street. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the landlord along here. There are already two other prime storefronts available.

Check that! According to the NYCHA Web site, there's an application in process for the long-empty coffee shop at Third Street and Avenue A.

8 comments:

Larry Slade said...

That's too bad, but of course not al al a surprise. They have nice stuff in there.
It's that little day care place gone too?
And you are right, getting pretty quiet up that way.

Mykola Dementiuk said...

That's because they hounded the working class poor out of their homes and gave them to the useless yuppies...things will only get lonelier on the so-called Lower East Side. Just look at the Bowery, pathetic.

Mick

www.mykoladementiuk.com

Alex in NYC said...

Sad to lose Sons & Daughters. A nice place.

esquared said...

The mechanical dolphin will be upgraded to a mechanical bull for another bar that'll be replacing Sons and Daughters. (I sure hope not)

marjorie said...

it's ironic -- everyone (including ME) bitched about sons + daughters when they opened. it seemed so out of sync with what we wanted our nabe to be. there were skirts in there that cost close to $200, for INFANTS, wee people who'd outgrow something in 3 months! but the owner was lovely, and one of the women working there in particular was super-nice and funny and unpretentious and helpful, and they started figuring out the nabe. they carried more and more books and affordable toys. you could tell who lived where by where they shopped within the store -- the non-east-villagers lingered on the clothing side and the locals shopped the toys/books/art supplies side. (the owner also listened to me and stocked the all-of-a-kind family books, those fabulous old books newly back in print about a jewish family growing up on the LES at the turn of the century.) i am a longtime east villager (had two kids here, etc) and i deal with change about as poorly as anyone, and sons + daughters won me over, tho i never could afford the clothes there.

i still have to smile at the notion of everyone mourning its closing when we all seethed at its opening. human nature, i guess.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for sharing, Marjorie.

I've never been inside the store. I do like the dolphin, though. I'm also curious what kind of landlord the NYCHA is...

Anonymous said...

The owner didn't have to "figure out the nabe" as she lived here for years and years and years. Anyway, sorry to see them leave.

kmc said...

Let's see how long it take NYCHA to get a new tenant! They didn't even give Two Boots the time of day when they asked for a renewal!