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After 41 Years, David's Laundry Closing Today

The "arenafication" of the North Slope has officially begun.

David's Laundry, the 41-year old dry cleaners on Fifth Avenue between Bergen and St. Marks, will be closing for good today. The shop, which closed for several months last year due a landlord dispute but re-opened with a new lease on life in January, will shutter for good this afternoon, and all clothes not picked up by then will be donated to charity.

Susan, the shop's friendly proprietor for all 41 years of its existence, was in the process of cleaning the space out when I dropped in yesterday to discuss the closure.

"The landlord sold the building," she told me, her accented voice heavy with disbelief and resignation. "They're forcing me out. We're closing forever tomorrow."

I always got a kick out of the old hand-lettered sign above the doorway, along with the painted lettering on the front windows (complete with backwards "N"s). The interior clearly hadn't ever been modernized, and the neatly stacked piles of freshly laundered clothes packaged in brown paper waiting to be picked up were decidedly quaint.

It's these small, fairly anonymous businesses, run by hard working folks, that give life to neighborhoods. Once they're gone, what will replace them? In this case, it will most likely be a chain that can afford the rents rising in anticipation of the arena going up across the street. I have a feeling that in this part of the neighborhood, there's plenty more where this came from.

Susan (via Gary Sloman)

Reader Comments (5)

This is quite sad, but hopefully it also means the creepy boarded-up place next door with the sign that inexplicably says only "CHURCH" will be getting a new tenant soon as well.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Something new is moving in on the other side of David's, which was last that terribly hideous clothing store and before that it was flight001 (very cool store).

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopefoodie

Yup.....those chain stores are just everywhere on that end of 5th Avenue, aren't they?

I loved both the signage of this place and the church. Would love to see what someone tried to do with City Lighting years back and turn those same storefronts into a restaurant or bar and keep the name.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

where are all the chains in park slope that people keep referring to? i see hardly any...especially if you compare it to nearly any other neighborhood in nyc. seriously...the spaces in park slope are usually too small for chains which is awesome and has kept them to a minimum. you can't expect to have zero chains, there will be a few around but the constant "the sky is falling" comments about park slope chains are pretty off base.

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