The shop, part of the L Train Vintage family
, is leaving its Seventh Street storefront... the sign on the door notes a relocation to Bushwick in October...
for the storefront between Avenue A and First Avenue is $9,750 per month.
Their No Relation Vintage clothing
shop remains open for now on First Avenue between 12th Street and 13th Street.
Nothing like starting the week and morning with a couple of local business closings. The luxury conversion of the EV continues however the full luxury commercial conversion is being kept at bay, for now. Apparently there is no limit to what some people will pay to live here but opening or moving a business here has it limits.
Unfortunately I dont think this kind of clothing is appealing to young adults moving here. I could see them shopping here for a "hobo" costume for Halloween.
I miss Gani's bookstore. But, with rent like that (which is low for this size space in this neighborhood these days) I don't think any bookstore is taking it over.
9750 a month by 30 days a month = 325 a day just to pay the rent.
The problem with the clothing here is that it's not bespoke enough, nor is it expensive enough. Remember Macklemore? Neither does anyone else.
Plenty of people still like vintage and thrift shops, but probably don't bother with the East Village anymore. I don't, and I live here! The decent thrift stores are too far-flung (like this one closing, which I used to visit all the time in the mid-2000s but had completely forgotten about -- RIP) and the rest are mostly a bunch of overly "curated" super-pricey nonsense, OR they are snotty as hell which is pretty rich considering they sell counterfeits (not naming names). No Relation is OK, as is Eleven (on 11th and 1st), but honestly the EV has nothing on the area between 14th to 26th b/t 2nd to 7th Aves.
A "thrift store" as in to old days $5 for a top could not possibly survive anywhere in Manhattan today. To pay the rent you need better vintage pieces which can bring ten times that. My thrift shopping days where when I had very little money and preferred special pieces from the past to mix with contemporary clothes. The kids moving here are for the most part have a lot more money than when I was their age, are not artists like myself, and if they are on a budget "fast fashion" companies like H&M and Zara got them covered.
This place was good and was fun to poke around in. So of course it has to go. :(
Too many people "poked around" and didn't buy anything. Everyone likes the idea of little shops which have usual to one of kind things but almost nobody cares to support them. This is not theme park but living neighborhood and small shops selling inexpensive things need customers not just gawkers.
Go to "Cheap Jack's". Oh wait. Don't. T'was never cheap.
bring back the old bookstore/record store...
Yes. Gani ran a nice store.
Bring back Canal Jean Co.
I'm all for preservation and more than any neighborhood in Manhattan the East Village has been the launch pad for people starting their first business, families supporting themselves for sometime generations but once something is gone it's gone for good. The economic and cultural shifts the neighborhood as experienced this past decade will make sure of that. Moral here is support the places you enjoy, services or products because your support not wishes will keep them around.
Speaking of Gani's book store, my last pre-9/11 memory is shopping there the evening before the attack. The store closed two weeks later.
I bought a copy of Omnipotent Government by Ludwig von Mises.
So many empty storefronts in this area, particularly ave A, I hate to see it but maybe the landlords will have to come to terms that their asking prices are nuts. I'm still missing Nino's Pizza and Yoshi's. Does anyone know if they've set up shop anywhere?
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