Amity Studio at 377 Grand is Closing

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The one-story strip of retail at the foot of the Seward Park Co-op is about to lose a longtime tenant.  Amity Studio at 377 Grand Street is leaving the neighborhood for good.  Yesterday afternoon, the requisite “store closing” banners appeared on the maroon-and-white awning, advertising a fire sale of inventory.  Everything is for sale at a deep discount, frames, pictures, etc.

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Co-owner Joseph Boruhov was manning a sidewalk table and hawking his goods to all who passed, and to the folks queued outside the adjacent Doughnut Plant.  While shuffling through some old Lower East Side prints, he informed us that a steep rent hike was the culprit.  This is the last week in business; Amity will disappear during the Jewish holiday of Passover.

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It’s sad to see Amity Studio vacate Grand Street.  The multipurpose shop, co-owned by father-son team Joseph and Richie Boruhov, was a nice standby to have a watch battery replaced or apartment key cut.  Although we never had anything framed there, it was still comforting to know the option existed.  And with the ability to haggle price!  But Amity was also a place to resurrect and restore old photos.

Did you frequent Amity?  How do you feel about its imminent closure?

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