2012 was a bad year for historic New York City stores, restaurants and other businesses. Longtime favorites shut down for a variety of reasons – greedy landlords, Hurricane Sandy, changing demographics and tastes. Others just could not compete with well-funded national chains. Here’s a partial list of great, wonderful, legendary, historic NYC places disappeared in 2012 – gone, but not forgotten.
Daffy’s – Discount fashions. More than two dozen locations in NYC, and more in the suburbs. Daffy’s joins Filene’s, Syms, and other NYC department stores such as Abraham & Strauss, EJ Korvettes, Alexanders and Best & Co. in the dustbin of history. Click here to read my full report on bygone shopping favorites.
Lenox Lounge – Harlem’s legendary home of jazz, where both the famous and the not=yet-famous played sets.
Harlem Lanes – Old-fashioned, family-friendly bowling
Colony Music – The home of sheet music in vintage LPs, and a knowledgeable staff that could locate an obscure arrangement for an even more obscure song. Colony Music was located in the Brill Building just off Times Square, which used to be the home of songwriters, music agents and other entertainment-related businesses.
Bleeker Bob’s – Another music institution, in Greenwich Village, home of vintage vinyl. Remember LPs?
Stage Deli – Home of mile-high sandwiches loaded with pastrami, corned beef, turkey and more. Just the latest in a long line of favorite delis we’ve lost. Remember Manganaro’s?
El Faro – This venerable Village restaurant shut down after 85 years, after it failed a health inspection.
Denny’s Ice Cream Shop — Sadly, the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy forced this Coney Island favorite to shut down permanently after two decades.
Prime Burger – This popular Rockefeller Center diner closed after 74 years because the landlord wanted to sell the building. Click here for the full report from an earlier NYCOTC posting.