Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Greenwich Laundromat


When the Torrisi company announced their takeover of Rocco's restaurant on Thompson Street, I took a look at the neighboring Greenwich Laundromat and thought, "That's not going to last."

It had that look--the look of the vulnerable. Maybe it was the sign--hand-painted, faded, plenty of character.

Well, it's gone. Torrisi's Carbone opened in March and the Greenwich Laundromat folded fast. It's already been gutted and shuttered.

This happens when upscale businesses move nearby. Property values go up and older, smaller businesses get the boot. Of course, we don't know exactly what happened here. Maybe it was just a coincidence and the Greenwich Laundromat people were ready to retire. Maybe they're moving on to greener pastures. But we also heard from a reader that Carbone might be expanding their space.

If anyone knows the story here, please let us know.


laura said...

so here is big question: where do people bring their laundry? i have asked this many times, seems that they always go out of business. guess the newer buildings have washer/dryers in the apt. but how many professional people have the time for that? is there something im missing here?

Gary Weiss said...

This off-topic, really more of a tip, so feel free to delete: the old Pet Palace at 107 West 10th Street has been vacant for a long time, and the eyes of the community are on that space. Will it become yet another wine bar or chi-chi restaurant? You may want to look into that.

Anonymous said...

This is it in a nutshell. The anchor goes (Rocco's) and the other places start tumbling. Takes a year or two and suddenly, the Village is Midtown.

Thanks for taking the sign photo just in the nick of time.

laura said...

so real people no longer exist. no one lives anywhere, everyone is just visiting. they are in a hotel or their vacation rental. they bring their laundry back home when they exit. they buy a souvenior, some candy, a mug, a teeshirt. welcome to tourist town.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, anyone who can afford to live near enough to where the laundromat was now has a maid service and washers in their penthouse, or as Laura said, noone lives in disneyland