Photos by Stacie Joy
After news broke last month that the four longtime businesses along Stuyvesant Street would shutter in the weeks ahead, EVG contributor Stacie Joy visited Sunrise Mart. This Japanese specialty store opened here on the second level at Third Avenue in 1995.
At the time, employees said they were closing but didn't have an exact date. Sunrise Mart closed after the business day on Sunday. Village Yokocho and Angel's Share shut down on March 31. (Panya remains open for now.)
The other three NYC locations of Sunrise Mart are still in business.
A co-worker told me about Sunrise Mart right after it opened in 1995 at 4 Stuyvesant St. I recall walking into the lobby and facing an unmarked elevator. I thought I had stumbled into an employee entrance. Or maybe the Cooper Union dorm. The entry definitely had dorm vibes.
No, this was how you got up to Sunrise Mart.