New Ad Mural for Village Chess Shop

Posted on: April 6th, 2010 at 6:33 am by

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For nearly 80 years, various vendors utilized 234 Thompson Street to cater to the neighborhood; the latest incarnation was Thompson Street News.  It shuttered in December 2006 amidst neighborhood outcry, and has since remained quietly vacant.  Indeed, the last semblance of activity was the placement of a sign which read, “save our newsstand, save our community.”  Now the shutters have been re-purposed as a mural advertisement for the 24-hour Village Chess Shop, located two doors down at 230.

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The flamboyant new king-and-queen mural painted by Mason Saltarrelli is a beautiful addition to the Village, though blood-rival Chess Forum would probably disagree.  But that feud is a whole different ball of wax – in the nineties, former Chess Shop manager, Imad Khachan, defected and opened Chess forum across the street. Lawsuits and such followed. The ante is upped!

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Here is some history behind Village Chess Shop:

The Village Chess Shop has been at the same location since 1972. We are in the heart of Greenwich Village, just one block below Washington Square Park. We were the first to create a place where chess players could come and play as well as find a set to bring home. “The Chess Shop”, as we are commonly referred to, takes great pride in displaying hundreds of chess sets from all over the world. Many a tourist has come in smiling, saying how wonderful that such a “museum of chess” exists.

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