Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Death of a Block III

Sadly, the New Barber Shop of Chelsea is no more. Reader Richie Cohen writes in, "I just walked past New Barber Shop and Manolo was locking up for the last time. Remember how Willie said they found a new place on 18th Street? That fell through. The new landlord, just as they were about to sign, suddenly jacked up the rent ridiculously high. I wanted to cry, but I shook his hand and we just sadly said good luck. I've known them for 22 years. Willie used to cut my hair for free when I was an unemployed actor."


The landlord that evicted the New Barber Shop, and all the small businesses in their building on 9th Avenue between 17th and 18th Street, is the same landlord that put Colony Records out recently by raising the rent to an impossible $5 million--Stonehenge Partners.


2008 (read the original story here)

With a red banner around the property capitalizing on the High Line's proximity ("Where Chelsea Meets the Highline"), Stonehenge, owned by Ofer Yardeni, has released their rendering of the plans for the mom-and-pop block.

Where once was a colorful row filled with eclectic, family-run, and useful businesses that served the local community, we see a field of beige.


Stonehenge

Where the Tamara dry cleaners and tailoring shop stands today, there's a bland nothingness. The same extends right through the New Barber Shop, erasing a space that harbored many for more than just a haircut. Patricia and her wonderful Sweet Banana Candy store get the same treatment. The New China, already gone, will also be blandified, along with everything else.


Before


After

Reported DNA, Stonehenge "wants to bring in a single tenant for the roughly 5,300-square-foot space — once home to six small businesses — on a 10-year lease, according to broker documents. The new spot at 112 Ninth Ave. will be gutted and renovated in time for a 2013 opening."


Previously:
New Barber Shop
Death of a Block 2
Death of a Block
Saving 9th Avenue
Sweet Banana Candy Store
New China
Chelsea Liquors

7 comments:

randall said...

I can't wait for this phase of New York to pass...I'm looking forward to the FutureSpaceNoir as imagined in BladeRunner. That'll be something.

Ms. said...

"BLANDIFIED" is the new "gentrified". Its my new word of the week.

Marty Wombacher said...

Another block ruined in NYC thanks to Stonehenge Partners.

Richie said...

I never spent much time at Sweet Banana, but Tamara has had all of my business for years and years. Very sweet and kind lady! It's beyond heartbreaking and infuriating.

I agree. "Blandified" is a great word. I just wish it weren't so accurate!

Scand Bro said...

I understand this must be hard for those of you who have lived there for decades. But New York is Old Hat.

Anonymous said...

This is heartbreaking. Really a sea of beige compared to what this block used to be. Sometimes it makes you wonder, how a developer can completely ignore what makes a neighborhood great RIGHT NOW, not just prioritizing for future denizens that can afford/have the desire to pay 10x as much for whatever "services" the new tenants will provide...(my $ is on a chain retail store).

Now that I got that out of my system...
Does anybody have a lead on where Manolo or Willie are cutting hair now?

Anonymous said...

That line "He used to cut my hair for free when I was an out of work actor" says everything about the difference between a mom and pop shop and these bland boring Investment portfolio real estate vultures. Every day gets sadder and sadder- and it's happening everywhere- this creeping blandness, this worship of "luxury" and the giving of huge swaths of land to rich developers for sweetheart deals so they can suck the lifeblood out of us all drop by drop.