Monday, March 19, 2012

C’est Magnifique is now on East Ninth Street


Thanks to an EV Grieve Facebook regular for letting us know that C’est Magnifique relocated earlier this month from Macdougal Street to East Ninth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue...

As the Times noted a few years back, Funzy and Josephine Albrizio opened the store on Macdougal Street in 1959 ... the next generation of the Albrizio family now run the jewelry store...

And from the Times, a familiar story...

After more than half a century in the same spot, Mr. Albrizio said he was unsure of C’est Magnifique’s future: the building that houses the shop changed hands around six months ago, and he fears that the new owner might raise the rent when his lease runs out in two years. "My uncle said to me, 'This place had a birthday; it was born,'" Mr. Albrizio said. "And everything that’s born dies. It's just the way it is. Nothing lasts forever."

Glad they found space here... and just maybe, their old neighbor, Bleecker Bob's, will find a new home here too...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The east village has now reached the point where being the new MacDougal Street is actually a plus. That's sad.

Marc Kehoe said...

Hooray! No need to go all the way across town for eyeball rings and gigantic ancient cameos!
Welcome to the East Side!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love jewelry and I love that store. I don't love so much the cranky dude who couldn't trouble himself to show me the $1200 amethyst Matl necklace I wanted to buy (he wouldn't, so I didn't). But still, it's much more convenient, though my first 9th Street jewelry loyalty is forever pledged to Gregg Wolf Studio.

Anonymous said...

Ces't Magnifique is no longer the cool store Alfred senior was the man. His son acts like he is another yurman, maybe if his head wasn't so big he would do better. He has a nasty attitude and he is not a designer. He has no imagination. He can do something if given a picture or idea. Alfred senior's wife is now there, she is a breath of fresh air unlike his son. He only gives you attention when you are interested in his skulls otherwise he gives you his ass to kiss. Thank goodness Al's wife is there