Tuesday, July 20, 2021

RIP Joe the tailor

Several readers have shared the sad news that Joe Ariyav, the longtime proprietor of Joe's Custom Tailors on 14th Street, has passed away. We hope to get some more details soon. 

The sign about Ariyav's death arrived last week on the storefront here between First Avenue and Second Avenue (H/T @brohattan). The notice instructs customers to call a number to retrieve any items that may be inside. 

We knew that Joe's had been around for years, but was surprised to read via Manhattan Sideways that the shop dates to 1965.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this, I took my boss's dry cleaning & tailoring to him for years – he was a lovely man

Anonymous said...

I tried to send this 3x I hope EV receives it.
I knew Joe 35 years. He had a sense of humor. He loved birds he told me, and would sew and listen to birdsongs on his phone. We often talked about the changes in the retail businesses.I was worried when I saw the store closed and had a bad feeling. While it is sad he never got to retire, the store was his world to the end. I will miss him. He was in the neighborhood for decades. The store never changed.There was a comfort in that.Thank you EV for reporting this sad news

Brohattan said...

Joe was a neighborhood fixture on the block. He almost never missed a day working at his store...although the writing was on the wall with laundry/dry clean apps and a more modern dry clean store around the block on 2nd Ave...Joe continued, he knew your name, greeted you with a smile. He will be missed.....

ddartley said...

Went to him a number of times; always was a nice, friendly man. Very sad to hear this.

Zina Neumann said...

Thank you to everyone for the lovely comments regarding my father Joe. He passed away suddenly on July 8 from complications from a stroke. He was unable to fully recover from the initial stroke. He was in the neighborhood for 30 years and loved the people and loved to work.