Last month, a reader sent in a bit of "reliable gym gossip," saying that Chelsea's long-time gay gift shop Rainbows & Triangles would soon be closing. I checked it out and the owner confirmed that he was not going to renew his lease this coming spring--the rent is too high, it's time to pack up shop--but he wasn't ready then to announce the closure.
Now, with a big sale, the word is officially out. Kenneth in the 212 broke the news yesterday, saying, "the closing date is not firm but should happen within a month."
Since 1994, Rainbows and Triangles has been the gay Chelsea spot for greeting cards, LGBT books, t-shirts, jock straps, snow globes, novelties--and merman Christmas tree ornaments with six-pack abs.
There's also a special section in the back with XXX adult items. On their Facebook page they've announced: "STOREWIDE SALE! All merchandise is 25%-50% OFF! Christmas merchandise is 70% OFF!"
Even the leather slings are on sale. Get them while they last. Chelsea's Eighth Avenue is growing duller by the day.