Friday, April 5, 2013
The disappearing storefronts of East 14th Street
Today, Ray's East Side 99-cent store on East 14th Street near Avenue B will close, as these photos by East Village Hawkeye show...
Ray has already moved around the corner, where he set up a 99-cent store in the base of the Copper Building last fall. The landlord here apparently wanted a big rent hike.
However, we do not know what will happen to Ba, who has a sliver of a shop next to East Side where he sells socks, gloves, phone chargers, etc. Ba told EV Hawkeye that he wants to stay in the neighborhood, but hasn't found a space yet. (Ray doesn't have enough space on B to accommodate Ba.)
Meanwhile, the storefront to the east, where La Isla was, remains for rent.
And there are several empty storefronts just to the west. ABC Animal Hospital moved last week to Avenue A ... Bargain Bazaar closed for good on Jan. 3 ... its neighbor to the east, Petland, closed and is supposedly relocating...
A still-unspecified new development will, some day, eat up much of the block. As we previously reported, eight parcels consisting of 222 Avenue A and 504 - 530 E. 14th St. (excluding No. 520) were leased for a 99-year period by the respective owner of East Village 14 LLC.
As we understand it, the remaining businesses will not have their leases renewed. What will be gone...
Another time, we'll discuss the next block up, past Avenue A, where all those single-level businesses are lined up next to the likely-closing Peter Stuyvesant Post Office. This is all drool-worthy space for some developer ...
Previously on EV Grieve:
East 14th Street exodus continues
Conspiracies: What next for 14th Street and Avenue A?
Those ongoing rumors about the future of East 14th Street between Avenue A and B
Petland is moving away from East 14th Street, fueling more new development rumors
[Updated with correction] 8-lot parcel of East 14th Street primed for new development
Bargain Express has closed on East 14th Street
Posted by Grieve at 6:29 AM