Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This block of Avenue A is awfully quiet, and why is Lucy's closed?



Not much happening on Avenue A between St. Mark's Place and East Ninth Street... as far as storefronts are concerned..

Nino's and Yoshi Sushi are entering the third month of closure, apparently due to a gas leak in the building. (And the landlord previously issued eviction notices.)

The space between these two restaurants remains vacant. The 10 Degrees Bistro closed back in August. (The team behind Shoolbred's and Ninth Ward got the OK last month from CB3 for a beer-wine license to open a cajun-style restaurant here.)

Continuing north... EVG regular Peter Brownscombe shared these photos from last Wednesday night... Lucy's has been closed...



... and the note on the door isn't the most comforting — closed until further notice.



Lucy tends to take several breaks during the year, though she always leaves a sign with a reopening date. She has randomly closed for a short period of time without any explanation (here and here). Anyway, not sure what is happening here.

And the rest of the block... Top A Nails is open... the former Sustainable NYC is for rent... and Doc Holliday's anchors the corner at Ninth Street... for now there are just two of seven businesses open on the block...

10 comments:

Trixie said...

Oh dear, I pray that all is well with Lucy, she is such a gem.

Anonymous said...

From what I understand the entire building that Yoshi and Nino's are don't have any gas. The storefronts on St. Marks that are part of that complex are empty as well. It looks like the landlord is trying to rid everyone. The new restaurant at former 10 Degrees Bistro should capitalize well. Once more tenants get pushed out and apartment/commercial rents go up, and once the Shaoul and Steiner complexes are up and running on A they should be good to go.

Goggla said...

I worry every time Lucy's is closed. I hope she's well and returns soon.

Karen Tighe said...

I am sure the landlord raised everyone's rents and now there is NOTHING bc no one can afford!! Just like many storefronts on AVE A AND AVE B

Walter said...

Lucy often goes to Poland to visit relatives. Let's hope that's the reason. If not, another nail in the coffin.

Anonymous said...

Ave A was once my favorite place in the city but I hardly recognize her anymore.

genevieve said...

I agree with you, Anonymous. Not the Avenue A I grew to love.

Walter said...

It's not just Avenue A - take a look at The Bowery. 300 dollar Jeans where CBs once was.

Shawn G. Chittle said...

Lucy's Landlord is a very moral orthodox Jew who does not raise rent (ever) on a lot of the tenants in his building. There is even one tenant living rent-free because of a personal issue and the landlord did not have the heart to toss him out.



Anonymous said...

That stretch of Avenue A is cursed -- when one place opens, another one closes.