As we first reported last Thursday, The Sock Man is closing on St. Mark's Place after nearly 33 years here between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.
The Sock Man took to Facebook on Sunday night:
The Sock Man wishes all of you all a Happy and healthy New Year! Unfortunately, after 30 years on The block, we will no longer call 27 St.Mark's Place our home. This will take place in the next week.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support in making my business what it is. You never know where our new home will be, but in the meantime The Sock Man is still open for business at www.thesockman.com. With the low shipping rates!
Thank you for EVERYTHING!! #SaveNYC
A tipster told us that the landlord is asking for 3x the current rent.
Owner Marty Rosen has been peddling socks, tights, lingerie and other accessories in this space since 1983.
In an interview in the Daily News in 2009, Sock Man customer Chloe Sevigny called Rosen the "grumpiest man on Earth." Responded Rosen: "I have my moments. I'm from New York. We all have our moments."
Updated 1 p.m.
In a follow-up comment, The Sock Man said that Friday (Jan. 15) is his last day in business.
Updated 5 p.m.
I should have noted earlier that this address was one of the 16 East Village properties purchased by Raphael Toledano’s Brookhill Properties last September.
The store will now close by 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Sock Man is closing on St. Mark's Place