Last year, after more than 25 years in Chelsea, Alan's Alley video store, beloved by many, was forced to close. The rent was too damn high and, as Alan told me at the time, "the landlord's got plans. He's looking for a new tenant."
The shop relocated to West 25th, to a fifth-floor location far away from pedestrian street traffic. Now we hear that Alan is having to close again. The follow message appeared on his Facebook page last week:
Meanwhile, the store's old space on 9th Avenue remains empty, another example of "high-rent blight."