A string of closings, perhaps to be followed by more

With the neighborhood quiet, the governor tightening regulations on businesses and the country in near disarray, a few neighborhood businesses have decided to close this week, and my guess is more than a few may follow.

The restaurant has been cleared out, and when I called today, the head of the demolition crew picked up the phone. (Which I have to say is totally old school.) The restaurant goes back at least 15 years (would love it if someone knows exactly) and the folks in there were always charming, though in recent times it’s been very very quiet. There is a permit on file now for facade restoration, and it looks like the building has been passed on through one family since 1970.

Tribecan Yasmine Karrenberg has been peddling and pedaling beautiful blooms in the neighborhood for decades, most recently at her eponymous shop in Le District. But she recently announced that the shop will close permanently, since traffic at Brookfield (and all over the neighborhood for that matter) does not seem to be picking up anytime soon. Her talent and spirit will really be missed. (I recommend still following her on Instagram, for some color in your life.)

The makerspace and technology program for kids on Laight and West streets has closed its Tribeca location, but is still offering programs online and in Brooklyn, including summer programs. The company is eight years old, and opened here in 2016. Managers said the closing was due to an issue they were having with the board of the building.

Brooklyn Game Lab, which opened its doors to get kids off screens, is packing up its Tribeca location on Chambers (the former thrift store) now that screens are all there is these days. Everything in the place is going into storage and they are not ruling out another possible spot in the neighborhood, once everyone better knows what’s happening. They are still running their programs in Prospect Park, as they have for six years.

I believe 10 Corso Como is closing permanently — their website does not even list Tribeca as a location any more — though it is not explicitly stated in their most recent email. But they are promoting a sale starting Tuesday at the Fulton Street store in the Seaport where merch is 80 percent off. The email also said the online shop has closed.



  1. Salaam Bombay was reviewed by Ruth Reichl in the Times on 2/3/1995 and she said it had been open for 5 months.

  2. So sad these small businesses are closing up shops. We have fond memories of BGL. My son had his birthday party there last year and went their holiday camp as well. BGL has donated to Spruce Street school gala/auction for the past couple of years. Hope they make a come back to the neighborhood in the future.

  3. anyone know what is going on with Holy Grail?
    Moving van outside today.

  4. Correction “Holy Ground” restaurant
    anyone know why they had Moishe moving Van??

    • I emailed with them recently — they have a mobile smoker they are taking around, and did not mention that they are closing the restaurant, but I can ask.

    • I saw the moving van too. Looked like they were definitely moving out.

  5. It’s really sad to see this. It’s too bad those that abandoned their neighborhood for their country homes forgot about the businesses that made the neighborhood so great. If they ever work up the courage to return, they will hopefully recognize that they should have perhaps done more to help. Hopefully some did help, but revitalization is going to be challenging for a while with so many empty storefronts.