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Barber Shop Coming to 242 5th Avenue

The two storefronts that were previously home to ill-fated sandwich shop Ollie & Ry (and before that Bageltique) on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and President both have new tenants lined up. A healthy cafe called Seed should be opening in the southern storefront any day now, and signage has gone up at the northern one, for a barber shop.

Called Imperial Barber Shop, it looks like it'll offer $16 haircuts. Not too exciting, but it'll provide some competition for Benny's (between St. Johns and Lincoln) and George's (between Warren and St. Marks) among guys looking for an inexpensive haircut on this stretch of the avenue.

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Also, Moim Closed off of 7th and a Japanese Iyazaki is opening in its place. Sign is already up.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEd

also, and even more tragic, pickle shack is closing next week. confirmed.

February 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterel presidente

Bar Reis closed as well.

February 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Well, at least it isn't a new nail salon.

February 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Wilson

@stephen, no way?! place was there forever!

February 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterel presidente

Landlord jacked up the rent to an unreasonable level for Bar Reis, according to a former employee there.

February 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYo

Heard Olive Vine is closing.

February 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Reis closed down due to the increasing cost of doing business in NYC. This is a quote from an interview "He said the closure wasn't pegged to any one factor, but noted that keeping a bar afloat in New York was a financial challenge. His rent increased 8 years ago, and the city fees associated with running a small business created a constant squeeze."

I rent to one of the few remaining dive bars in Brooklyn and see how they struggle. I'm not sure they will able to stay once their lease is up. Even a small increase in rent to compensate for my increased costs would tilt it over. If I asked for market rent, the bar would definitely close.

That said, Reis landlord put up the space for rent for $8500. the asking rent is actually a bit bellow market for that size space on prime 5th.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLandlord

Hey Landlord. Go screw - you and fellow greedy assholes have ruined our neighborhood and city over the last 20 years under Bloomberg's protection. Fuck you and your "prime 5th Ave." How can something be prime when there are multiple empty storefronts on every block? You add nothing to society.

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Doesn't Reis own that building? I thought so in speaking with him a few times. Nice guy. Fun bar. Great backyard.

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Hey Stephen -
Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and buy a building so that you can rent it out for whatever you think is fair?

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Shut up Jim. It's not like any of these landlords actually earned their own money - it all comes from their shyster dads. How many small businesses can afford $8500 a month? Seriously?

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Berman Realty should be outed for being a slumlord.

He has spaces open on 7th Avenue around Union that have been vacant for OVER 3 years. The former Yogo Monster space is going on 4 years vacant.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRick

They are not ashamed.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBalki

Yes, I realize they have no shame. That is quite obvious.

I know folks who have rented apartments from Berman and the stories are all horrible. Just walk by their office and you'll see what a con job kind of operation it is. The slobs inside are just sitting around day in and day out letting their properties deteriorate at the expense of the neighborhood.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRick

I walk by everyday. Their office is rather frumpy.

February 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBalki

Back to the barber shop... the worst part is that sign that they were allowed to put up. Way too bright and changing colors.. It looks terrible. Judging by the people working inside it seems to be the same owners of the barbershop on 4th street just off 5th Avenue. Mediocre addition to the neighborhood and an eyesore to boot.

March 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCR

If you think that's an eyesore, you should have lived here 15 years ago.

Oh right, you would never have lived here 15 years ago. You were probably 6.

This is hardly offensive given that this is NYC. Up until 20 years ago, 5th Avenue was mostly vacant and covered in graffiti.

And believe me, the previous tenant, Olly & Ry was no prize. They make better bagels at Key Food.

March 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Jackie- trolling with the weak (& inaccurate) age comment. Be better. It can be true that olly and Ry sucked AND the sign for the barber shop is offensive. It's an opinion so keep your personal attacks to yourself. Love & Respect.

March 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCR


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