In the News: Mourning the Liquor Store

••• Ever wish you’d bought a building here back in the day? This Whiteboard article about a 25-year-old who bought 11 Beach in 1985 will only make that feeling much worse.

••• “Is 17% a reasonable premium over 2005 for the ‘2,436 sq ft’ Manhattan loft #3F at 53 N. Moore Street (when these sellers bought it), and why didn’t it sell in 2010 when it was asking 7% less than the recent clearing price?” —Manhattan Loft Guy

••• A rendering of how the East River’s Pier 42 might look. —Broadsheet

••• “Months after the [W Hotel’s] Gwathmey Plaza opened at Washington and Carlisle streets, questions are being raised over what the neighborhood really got out of the deal, which gave the developer nearly 60,000 additional square feet. […] Plaza users complain that the space appears less like a public plaza, and more like private outdoor seating for BLT Bar & Grill, a restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel and operators of a food kiosk.” —Tribeca Trib

••• The New York Times puts the Liquor Store at number one on its list of mourned bars: “Is there anything more heartbreaking for a former regular to discover than that her longtime local has been reborn as a J. Crew store? (No, not really.)” Actually, J. Crew did a pretty good job of maintaining the spirit of the place—and it sure beats being torn down or turned into a nail salon or phone store. (The illustration is by Peter Koval; it originally ran  in this post.)

••• CB2 approved the Duane Park’s move into the Bowery Poetry Club—”and it should open sometime next year after renovations are complete.” —Grub Street



  1. Agree about Liquor Store. Andy Spade was a developer of that site and did a very sensitive job. Of course, I don’t drink, so may have a nostalgia deficit on that front.

  2. it’s more heartbreaking walking into J. Crew’s Liquor Store because it feels like you’re walking into an episode of HOARDERS. Attn: Mickey Drexler – Worst. Shopping. Experience. Ever.

  3. Best of luck to the fine folks at Duane Park in their new endeavors – the neighborhood will miss them.

  4. Hoarders – I would have to agree with Smithers. Often times I can’t tell what color something is because their lighting design sucks.