Monday, May 18, 2020
A depressing last look at Gem Spa
Workers finished dismantling the former Gem Spa space today on Second Avenue at St. Mark's Place.
The work focused on removing the rolldown gates that East Village-based musician-artist Paul Kostabi painted last September ... Steven took these photos...
Parul Patel, who had been the running the shop that her father Ray has owned since 1986, said that she plans to auction the rolldown gates, splitting the proceeds with Paul Kostabi. (She will also continue to sell Gem Spa merchandise online.)
Workers also removed some Gem Spa ghost signage...
The iconic shop, home of the egg cream, officially closed on May 7 amid ongoing financial challenges worsened by the COVID-19 crisis.