At the end of each year, since 2007, I offer a list of places that vanished during the year. These are the ones I covered on the blog, but there were many more. Please add those not included here in the comments. Click the highlighted name to go to the post for more info. And for previous years' vanishings, just scroll down to the bottom.
Since 1832. Killed by its new landlord, a hedge fund that tripled the rent.
Just 21 years old. Another piece of gay Chelsea gone. Rent increase.
Since 1950. Cause of death unknown.
28 years in Chinatown, beloved by gangsters and karaoke kids alike. Could not get a new lease from the landlord.
Since 1957. Building sold, a new restaurant took over the space.
100 years old. Sold by the owners.
Over 75 years old. Owners opted to close in a neighborhood where they no longer fit.
Louis Shoe Rebuilders
On the site of the Empire State Building before the Empire State Building was even built, the shop had been here since 1921. After 94 years, the landlord did not renew the lease.
Rudy's Music Stop of 48th Street
Music Row is dead and dying.
Since 1996. Building sold for development.
Since 1983. Death by rent hike.
The Palm Restaurant
90 years old--and gorgeous. The owners sold the building. The cartoon murals were destroyed.
Cafe Borgia II
Since 1975. Lost their lease.
Since 1962. Sold to the Moinian Group development corporation, closed for demolition and a new luxury tower.
La Taza de Oro
68 years old. Forced to close by the city due to bricks falling from neighboring building. After several months of losing income, the owners decided they could not reopen.
28 years old. Closing New Year's Eve. The landlord sold the building for more High Line development.
Previous Years' Vanishings:
2009: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
2011: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4