Skate or Die: Longboard Loft on Allen Street Closes Shop at the End of the Month
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The four-year-old Longboard Loft is nearing the end of its lifespan at 132 Allen Street, as previously disclosed. Misrahi Realty tombstone signage has been sitting in the window since early November, while real estate listings continue to circulate.
Escalating rents reportedly contributed to the demise of this successful small business. Below is the announcement from the Facebook page:
Thanks so much everyone for your friendly comments about the store closing, we are sad but its nice to hear that the store meant so much to so many people. But dry your eyes, we will skate on. Manhattan rents may be unpredictable, but New York lonboarding LIVES! Loft Manager Nick Coolhands is taking a job as manager of the Bustin Boards Custom Longboards Flagship Store in Brooklyn and planning to organize more events at the store and in the community. Likewise, NYC staple Uncle Funkys Boards is gearing up for another year making riders happy in the West Village. The city evolves and sadly that means change, especially for small players like the Loft, but nothing can keep us off of our boards. See you in the streets in 2016.
Final date for the skate shop is now known. You have until the end of December to capitalize on deep inventory discounts (40% off the whole store). Then, as is so common in this neighborhood, the store will likely sit vacant for many months. Don’t be surprised if this becomes another instance of warehousing.
Bustin’s Longboard Loft debuted at 132 Allen Street in April 2011, and definitely contributed foot traffic to a block without. The store was a souped-up offshoot of the skateboard brand, which is still headquartered on Grand Street in Brooklyn. It included a larger, specialized inventory of customizable longboards and related accessories such as wheels, helmets, trucks, and GoPros.