‘Buddy Warren’ Shuts Down Chrystie Street Gallery Shop

Buddy Warren, the eclectic Lower East Side gallery-cum-cafe, has gone dark. It closed last month after a nearly four-year stint at 169 Chrystie Street. A large leasing poster now covers much of the marquee.

The last time Buddy Warren made headlines was with a January 2016 real estate listing for the space. Ownership did claim that the listing was “an error” and removed it from various websites. However, it seemed more like a damage control ploy. The space returned to the leasing listings several times before the closure.

Given the commercial composition of this block of Chrystie Street (north of Delancey), it’s safe to say that retail shops are a tough sell. A handful of boutiques have come and gone in quick succession. Just wait until the slew of glitzy condos in the vicinity come to fruition with the requisite glass-box retail; then it’ll be all juice bars and galleries catering to the one-percent.

As previously reported, Buddy Warren seized a fraction of the garage space from New Beer Distributors back in early 2014. As a result, half of the longstanding Guiness beer advert was whitewashed. The shop opened its doors in June of that year, and was described as a “saloon” offering coffee, art, and design to patrons.