King Glassware Shutters After 81 Years on the Bowery

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 at 5:22 am by
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We’ve been taking photos of the King Glassware on the Bowery for years. With each click of the shutter, another moment captured of this classic old-school storefront. But we also had to catalog as preparation for the inevitable. That day arrived back in mid-February. Gentrification has essentially shattered this near-century-old business.

As of this week, bilingual leasing signs courtesy of TM Realty & Management now hang from 112 Bowery; much of the window leafing was scraped clean. Moreover, the website is dead, and the phone lines disconnected. But that awesome signage remains intact.

The King Glassware business on the Bowery dates back to 1933.

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As for the structure itself, 112 Bowery remains one of the few structurally intact buildings on the thoroughfare, constructed in 1877 by Julius Boeckell. According to the nomination request [PDF] to place the Bowery on the National Register of Historic Places:

[112 Bowery is] a four-story, three-bay brick loft building with cast iron details from Clinton Foundry, including ornate window hoods and an architrave over the first floor storefront. The building retains an original strap and wrought iron fire escape, 2/2 wood sash windows, and an intact cornice.

Best guess on the next store to open here?

[h/t EVHP]

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