Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rawhide Replacement

In January I announced that adult erotic emporium the Blue Store would be moving into the former Rawhide space on 8th Avenue in Chelsea. It seemed, at first, like good news, a bit of old 8th Avenue smut and queerness expanding. Then it wasn't.

DNAInfo followed up on my story and was told, “It’s going to be like a high-end store with high-end lingerie. We’re trying to bring to the block a new concept.”

Here it is:

photo: Richie Cohen

It looks like every other Marc Jacobs Ralph Lauren Brooks Brothers, etc., etc., shop on Bleecker St., which it will probably become soon enough. Reader Richie Cohen tells us, "I've walked by multiple times at different times of day. Never ever a single customer."

The Rawhide occupied this space for 35 years. It survived the neighbors throwing bricks and eggs. It survived AIDS. But, like too many of our city's storied small businesses, it could not survive hyper-gentrification. The landlord reportedly hiked the rent from from $15,000 to $27,000 a month.

If we'd had the Small Business Jobs Survival Act in place at the time, the Rawhide might still be here. #SaveNYC.


Anonymous said...

I was standing in the middle of Downtown Orlando yesterday and felt like I was in the meatpacking district. Cities have become shallow imitations of each other, sad.

christian montalbano said...

Jeremiah great internview on NPR today.

Mark said...

Worse, when I passed by around 9:00 AM those grey curtains were closed on all the windows so it presented NOTHING to the streetscape.


laura r. said...

jeremiah, how can i hear your interview from NPR? is it arcived on their site? do they have a site?

Anonymous said...

Math is not my strong suit.

Nonetheless, if a month is more or less 30 days, an establishment has to bring in $900 a day minimum to cover $27,000. And that's not accounting for employees, for electricity, for inventory...

And then one has to consider all the months post-Rawhide when the space was empty, bringing in zero.

How is this good business for anyone -- unless the business is money laundering?

Anonymous said...

Me no know about this kind stuff. :/

Anonymous said...

How many edible undies will they have to sell to make $27K in rent?!

Anonymous said...

Like most new businesses on this strip, it's bound to be closed within a year or two. Chelsea is being destroyed by greedy building owners trying to cash in on the High Line condo explosion. How long will this neighborhood stay "desirable" when there's nothing left but banks and drug stores?