Time has swept away 2015, and it's taken some really great bars, restaurants, and people with it.
In 2015, we lost Yogi Berra, Randolph Holder, Hogs & Heifers, the Market Diner, and the FAO Schwarz in Midtown and the Toys R Us in Times Square.
Even sadder: these aren't the only people, places, and things we lost last year.
These are only some examples of beloved NYC institutions hurled into nonexistence thanks to rising rents and corporate chains. Can we please have a moment of silence for NYC's beloved bars, restaurants, and stores that were forced out of business in 2015?
Seriously. In 2015 we lost bookstores, skateboard stores, and vintage shops we loved. In exchange, we'll probably get soulless, indifferent 7-Elevens and Dunkin' Donuts. We've memorialized the places we're devastated to lose below.
Of course, you'll undoubtedly notice the trend in these closings: the rent keeps climbing. Let's all make a New Year's resolution to shop at as many independent NYC stores as we can in 2016, so we don't have to post another article like this next year.
1. The Community Bookstore (212 Court Street - Brooklyn)
communitybookstore Tiny presents our 2015 Bestsellers: 1. Between the World and Me 2. My Brilliant Friend 3. The Story of the Lost Child 4. The Story of a New Name 5. The Buried Giant 6. M Train 7. Euphoria 8. H is for Hawk 9. All the Light We Cannot See 10. A Strangeness in My Mind #CBbestsellers #bookstagram #bookstore #bestsellers
2. Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street)
jeffshag R.I.P. #tribecacinemas #triburbia strikes again!
3. Reciprocal Skateboards (402 East 11th Street)
reciprocal_nyc Got a few more boards in the shop! Come get one and be prepared when the snow is gone! And we now have the @girlskateboards #loseyourmarbles series. #nyc #newyork #reciprocalskateboards #skateboarding @3dskateboards @realskateboards @bakerskateboards
4. The Palm* (837 2nd Avenue)
rickr7 So beautiful
Original location on 2nd Avenue is now closed, but the restaurant has many, many other locations.
5. Trash & Vaudeville* (4 Saint Marks Place)
jonnyhavok Got see my good buddy Jimmy from @trashandvaudeville while doing some last minute Christmas shopping#trashandvaudeville #stmarks #rocknroll
St. Marks location has closed, but there are plans to relocate and reopen.
6. Pearl River Mart (477 Broadway)
bronsonmacreative Sad that The Pearl River Mart is closing down but glad we got to check it out. #pearlrivermart #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #Soho #chinesemarket #whitetiger #chinesebanner #chinese #asianmarket
7. Caffé Dante (79-81 Macdougal Street)
gokcenavciii İnsan olmak bizatihi sansasyoneldir. Diline döktüğüm dilleri hatırlasana... #ahmuhsinünlü #caffedante
8. Pacha (618 West 46th Street)
mr_650 It was a night of saying goodbye to PACHA NYC #borgore #wolfpack #pachanyc
9. Bergen Street Comics (470 Bergen Street - Brooklyn)
thebeguiling Vol 1 back in stock! The best superhero comic of the decade! #copra #michelfiffe #bergenstreetcomics
10. Winnie's Bar & Restaurant (104 Bayard Street)
savenyc.nyc RIP: Winnie's Bar & Restaurant This legendary gangster's haunt and karaoke dive operated for 28 Years. In March of 2015, a proper lease renewal was denied. They had managed to stay open for the last 3 years without any lease protection. Read "#2015Vanishings" on Jeremiah's #VanishingNewYork for a complete list. Photo by #JeremiahMoss #winniesbarandrestaurant #chinatown #divebars #savechinatown #savemanhattan #savenyc #smallbusinessjobssurvivalact #sbjsa #supportsmallbusiness #nycdives #workingclass #economicdiversity #historymatters #28years #vanishingny
11. Brazenhead Books (235 East 84th Street)
mandeljams No place better to tuck in away from the rain #brazenheadbooks
12. Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker Street - Brooklyn)
stonestudio Soundcheck with @stonecoldfoxmusic at #brooklynightbazaar We go on at 830! Be here!
[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]