Saturday, July 16, 2011

8 days left for Joe's Locksmith on Second Avenue

As we first reported back on June 13, Joe's Locksmith in the doomed 9-11 Second Ave. address would close for good on June 30.

However, Joe Filini Jr. was able to squeeze out a few more days of business here before the space is demolished for a 12-story luxury high rise with 65 units. He has eight days left here now.

As the sign shows, he is not moving the business. (There were reports that he was relocating to Brooklyn.)

Meanwhile, speculate all you want about what this means for any nearby businesses...

The Times has a lengthy piece today about the residents and history of the buildings here. Best passage:

The building’s impending fall was roundly lamented. “It’s going to be suburban people with babies and a Banana Republic and a Gap and one of those candle stores on street level,” grumbled the set designer and performer Machine Dazzle, who was wearing a homemade sheath and towered over other partygoers in Lucite heels that pushed him to 6 feet 8 inches.

In any event, Jeremiah covered a lot of the history already in posts from last month. There are links to all his work on the subject at the bottom of this post.


Anonymous said...

How are they building 12 stories there, when the zoning for the area, I thought, was changed to maximum 8 stories?

Jeremiah Moss said...

thanks for the link love--and the note about the locksmith. i actually have a key i need to duplicate.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

They can build 12 stories because the new zoning law isn't retroactive. This project predates the revision.

starzstylista said...

Joe is not only a great locksmith he is a wonderful artist. He does spectacular miniatures on wood. People should check them out. Also a really nice person

Anonymous said...

The locksmith has (had) a great selection of specialty auto keys - the kind you normally have to get from car dealers. It's a shame to lose specialty places like this - all for more soul-less condos and shops.