Lafayette Losses: Possible Bicycle Habitat Downsizing, 16 Handles and Iconic Cafe Close

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The mid-section of Lafayette Street is apparently in transition. Three particular stores on the one block between Prince and Spring are undergoing a retail shift.

Of particular note is Bicycle Habitat. The 27-year-old SoHo store is operating on an extension and currently negotiating a long-term lease in order to stay at its longtime HQ (244 Lafayette). All while a leasing sign sits in the windows. Owner Charlie McCorkell tells us that, worst case scenario, they’ll need to consolidate operations in the “newer” 250 Lafayette space.

“Landlords are seeing visions of sky high rents out of the range of us working retailers,” he tells us. “This had led to several vacant stores in the immediate area. I am hoping our landlord will see the benefit of a long term client who always pays their rent.”

This image has been archived or removed.

Meanwhile, a few paces south, the 16 Handles outpost at 240 Lafayette is no longer serving. Printouts on the windows the last few months had indicated “renovations,” but we knew better. The truth was revealed with the arrival of a leasing sign in its window. And thus concludes the one-year tenure at this address.

The loss of 16 Handles follows a recent trend proving fro-yo is hurting. In the last few months alone, four Pinkberry outposts located downtown and in DUMBO have died on the vine.

This image has been archived or removed.

Next door at 238 Lafayette, Iconic Cafe also decided to throw in the towel. The coffee shop operated on the block for a mere ten months before calling it quits. Not a huge suprise, as it never seemed to attract enough business.

Iconic already has a successor, though. The “Micro Market” moved into the space last month, featuring a random array of vendors.

Recent Stories

Punk Couple ‘Dennis and Lois’ Dish on their 40-Year Love Affair with Music [INTERVIEW]

New York couple Dennis and Lois consume concerts at the same frenetic pace as many of the acts they see perform their sets (sometimes they see four shows a week, sometimes it’s brief overnight stint in Manchester). They are the ultimate punk fans, a lifetime music-driven couple. And the best kind of cool – matter […]

Yesterday’s Snowfall Toppled Trees Around the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Yesterday’s late-fall snowstorm (aka “Snowvember”) had trees falling around the Lower East Side. Over on Norfolk Street, the weight of the wet snow-pack toppled several large limbs at around 5pm, smashing into parked cars and blocking southbound traffic below Stanton Street. (Video below.) Firefighters quickly responded with the chainsaws to clear the debris. One person […]

Make No Mistake, CM Margaret Chin Wants Towers in Two Bridges [OP-ED]

The following editorial was written by community leader David Tieu, a member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, which is staunchly opposed to the incoming waterfront development. With just a rubber stamp of City Planning approval, four mega-towers on the flood plain of the Lower East Side waterfront – each between 60 and […]

HPD Moves Forward with ‘Haven Green’ Development Atop Elizabeth Street Garden

With the edict to remove statues from the park, the proverbial bulldozers are revving up the engines after the city decides to move forward with the redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. This week, the Department of City Planning certified plans to proceed with the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) for the Haven Green […]

City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]