Friday, January 8, 2016
An EVG reader pointed out the arrival of "we are closing" signs at Gallery Vercon, the boutique at 332 E. Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
Vashti de Verteuil opened her shop here in 1987... where she carries her own line of jewelry ... and also carries handmade accessories — from hats, scarves and belts — by other designers. The reader who shared this news notes that de Verteuil also teaches at Parsons...
Updated 5:07 p.m.
De Verteuil told Bedford & Bowery that landlord and aspiring lawyer Raphael Toledano was buying 332 E. Ninth St. She was on a month-to-month lease with the previous landlord, but never even had a chance to negotiate a new lease with Toledano's's Brookhill Properties. "The good old days are gone," De Verteuil said. "You know, when the new landlords take over, you can barely afford the rent anyway. Whatever offer they were going to make me, I wasn't going to be able to afford it." The shop's last day is Jan. 15.