Raise one final glass to three bars, two supermarkets, several beloved mom and pop shops, a dazzling clothing store, and every Radio Shack in the neighborhood. It was another tough year for local businesses. With rents spiking even high-end restaurants like Ocean Grill, Ouest and Picholine had to throw in the chef’s towel.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but includes most of the major closings this year.
Soldier McGee Tavern at 480 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd) closed in February.
It ‘s not the only bar where you can no longer wet your whistle. Brother Jimmy’s on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st met its demise in July, making way for Crave Fishbar.
Magically cute coffee shop Sasha’s Coffee at 711 Amsterdam Avenue between 94th and 95th streets closed in the spring.
Breadsoul Cafe on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd street shuttered around the same time.
Mamajuana Cafe at 88th and Amsterdam was seized by a city marshal in March.
Candle Bar at 309 Amsterdam (74th-75th), the oldest gay bar in the city, closed in June.
Himalayan Crafts at 2007 Broadway between 68th and 69th closed after 40 years.
Beloved grocery store Sing & Sing closed at 96th and Columbus, “merging” with Columbus Natural Food one block South.
Reliable pizza spot City Pie served its last pie at 72nd and Broadway.
Fusha closed at 311 Amsterdam Avenue (75th) to make way for sweetgreen.
Ocean Grill on Columbus between 78th and 79th closed and sued its landlord this month.
Josie’s, the organic-focused American restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue and 74th street, closed after more than 20 years.
Picholine, the high-end French-Mediterranean restaurant at 35 West 64th street, shuttered after 22 years because of a rent increase.
Citrus, just next door, also closed, to make way for Playa Betty’s.
South African wine bar Tolani on Amsterdam between 79th and 80th streets closed after a five-year run.
Key Fresh & Natural supermarket on 90th and Amsterdam closed after just a few months.
Food Emporium on 90th and Broadway followed in November after its parent company went bankrupt.
Dr. Stuart Blankman closed his optometry shop at 2472 Broadway between 91st and 92nd street after 48 years. His license had been suspended.
Off Broadway, the colorful clothing store on 72nd street between Broadway and Columbus, closed after 50 years following the death of owner Lynn Dell Cohen.
Urban Outfitters closed after 16 years on the corner of 72nd and Broadway, making way for the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet.
Pizza by La Grolla closed on Amsterdam between 79th and 80th street, but was replaced by another pizza shop.
All four local Radio Shacks closed after that company went bankrupt.
Barbara Gee Danskin lingerie and workout-wear store closed after 40 years on Broadway between 82nd and 83rd streets.
Valley Thrift Shop at 949 Amsterdam Avenue (107th) closed after 17 years because it couldn’t keep up with the rent and overhead.
Wine & Roses shuttered at 74th and Columbus after a turbulent decade.
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