As we first reported on Tuesday, Gino DiGirolamo is retiring, and closing his Royal Tailor shop at 520 E. 14th St. on May 31.
After 50 years in the business, it seemed as if a retirement was in order for Gino.
However, that's not the case. As NY1 reported, a rent hike left him no choice but to close.
"The man, he want a thousand dollars more. I pay the $3,000, he want $4,000," DiGirolamo said.
Also from the article:
"This level of craftsmanship, this level of care, this level of pride is really disappearing," said James Murray, an East Village resident.
Gino is also known for staying open and in his store literally all night. Max Chanoch came in to drop off pants to be tailored at 11 p.m., they were ready by 7 a.m.
520 E. 14th St., which also houses Dunkin' Donuts on the ground floor, is the lone holdout between ...
… the two new retail-residential buildings expected at 500 E. 14th St. and 524 E. 14th St. …
[500 E. 14th St.]
[524 E. 14th St.]
Per NY1: "Many say when DiGirolamo leaves it will be another piece of the old neighborhood no longer around."
You can say that again. And again …
Previously on EV Grieve:
A pile of clothes at the Royal Tailor
After 50 years in business, Gino DiGirolamo is closing the Royal Tailor shop
East 14th Street exodus continues
The disappearing storefronts of East 14th Street
[Updated with correction] 8-lot parcel of East 14th Street primed for new development