Another gay shop is vanishing from Chelsea's 8th Avenue. Universal Gear, opened here in 2001, is closing.
Richie writes in: "We walked by last night and saw the going out of business sign. Walked in and asked the employee who said the landlord raised the rent and so they lost their lease."
They will gone by the end of July and are having a "massive liquidation sale" until then. They have another store in Hell's Kitchen, where gay Chelsea has migrated after being evicted from 8th Avenue. A relative newcomer, Universal Gear joins Camouflage, Rainbows & Triangles, The Rawhide, and many others in exile from the former gayborhood.
Here's how it's happening.