Leather Gallery NY Disappears as Battered Upper Orchard Street Becomes Super Luxury
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The window lettering at 190 Orchard Street first announced its closure back in December. “Closing this location, everything must go,” it read. However, the Leather Gallery NY nevertheless limped along until finally closing its doors for good this month. No fanfare, no letters to the community, just another vacant storefront on a block besieged by construction and luxury upscaling.
190 Orchard Street is now dormant with naught but tombstone Misrahi Realty signage to its name. Ready for the next in line.
Leather Gallery NY almost survived a well-documented decade of decimation on the block, but couldn’t turn the tide of gentrification. Not even a downsized location – admittedly a stopgap measure – could save ’em.
This particular vendor has been on upper Orchard Street for more than ten years. Its longtime home had been 194 Orchard, but was forced down the block after Hesky Haim filed plans in 2013 to redevelop the property. The development there never materialized, though, and he sold out to Ben Shaoul ($8.8 million) for his upper crust wet dream at the corner of East Houston.
So, whatever takes the torch here will contend with years of construction next door.