Friday, January 6, 2012
Here's one that we didn't see coming: A tipster tells us that East Village Farms at 100 Avenue A between Seventh Street and Sixth Street will be closing soon. The florists out front are already in the process of leaving.
Per our tipster, the building's owner is going to start "renovations" as early as February. (Monica, who owns the grocery business with her husband, apparently already has a new location scouted at 48th Street and Eighth Avenue.)
So far, though, there aren't any permits pending with the Department of Buildings. We only just heard about this. So we don't know just yet what the plans are for the future. Suh Yon Pak Associates are listed as the owners.
This is an enormous space, as you can see.
The building served as a theater from 1926 to 1959. Here's what the place looked like in 1949 when it was known as the Hollywood (this is looking north toward Seventh Street) ...
[Via Cinema Treasures]
It has been some type of grocery or another since 1959. Here's the first certificate of occupancy from the city for use as a grocery.
The upstairs of East Village Farms has always been rather mysterious... One Cinema Treasures reader got a look several years ago, and took these photos...
Nostalgia aside... this is a huge loss in the heart of the neighborhood...
Previously on EV Grieve:
A little bit of Hollywood on Avenue A