Ken of Greenwich Village Daily Photo says, by way of his Facebook page, that "After 60 years in business Joe's Dairy will close Saturday, citing poor walk-in sales. Their wholesale business will remain."
A call to the store confirms they're open today and tomorrow until 6:00pm--and then it's over.
I wrote a little about Joe's and its across-the-street neighbor, Pino's, in 2009. We're talking about the loss of one of the last pieces of an almost completely vanished Italian neighborhood.
In this film by Brian Dube, he talks to the Joe's Dairy guys. They discuss the day when Joe's will eventually close and how the city has been "yuppified." Dube says, "We want to be way, way back. You want to be at the Gap, Starbucks, or you want to be way, way back?"
"Oh no, please," says the owner. "Who wants to pay $7 for a cup of coffee?" God forbid that's what comes to this space next.
Go to Joe's today or tomorrow for a last, fresh, handmade mozzarella sandwich. And fuck Soho while you're at it.
Here's how they make the mozzarella.