After 22 years in business, the Two Boots Pizza on Bleecker Street has lost its lease. They recently made the announcement on their Facebook page:
640 Broadway, the building that houses Two Boots Bleecker, has been cleaning out all the local, small businesses. Star Shoe Repair was pushed into the basement under Two Boots. At the same time, out went the Optimo newsstand, a Chinese take-out place, and a little locksmith shop.
Most recently, Bleecker Digital Solutions, a small photo lab and print shop was given the heave-ho.
I talked to Neal, owner of Bleecker Digital Solutions, about the situation. He told me that the building was bought by Arcadia Realty Trust and "They're kicking out everybody." He added, "They're taking over the downtown area like crazy." Neal was on Bleecker for 30 years, running his shop for the past 15. He's now at 85 Kenmare Street.
How's he doing in the new spot? "Well," he says, "we'll see." Moves like this can be tough, especially after building a following in one place for three decades.
Several small, local businesses were put out--and for what? In their place today is one big Organic Avenue.
What will replace Two Boots? It's already listed as empty and available on Arcadia's website--in a brochure choking on chains.