For awhile I've been worried about the few remaining scrappy little businesses on the block of 8th Ave between 13th and Greenwich. Now that the undulating 1 Jackson Square is coming, it seems only a matter of time before the Fresh Farm bodega, Village Pizza shop, and Sweetheart Coffee Bakery vanish.
Yesterday, I walked by to find the Sweetheart boarded up with plywood.
I went into Village Pizza to ask about it and the guy assured me the facade of the building is just being restored and the businesses, including the bakery, which has been here for about 15 years, will be returning.
But why am I still filled with a sense of foreboding? Maybe because workmen were going at it inside with a circular saw. That's not facade restoration--which was done already in 2005, by the same company. And Racked says "the fate of the bakery is up in the air," though the luxy stores will be returning. (And nobody's touched the colorfully named "Shoegasm.")
Let's face it, that bakery is not coming back. Say goodbye to vegan and dietetic baked snacks, to giant chocolate muffins and little butter cookies, and to empanadas from "Daniel the king of empanadas"--after Sucelt closed, Sweetheart's Argentinian empanadas were a good alternative.
Isn't it then inevitable that Village Pizza and the neighboring bodega will also shutter?