The Little Shoe Store Closes Today After 2 Years on Clinton Street

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Almost immediately after the closure announcement, tombstone “for rent” signage became a fixture in the windows of The Little Shoe Store on Clinton Street. Its time on the block is drawing to a close. Today is the last day of business in real life.

Blame the mid-block construction at 50 Clinton Street for the closure. Owner Sydney Pringle points fingers at the new luxury development for cutting into foot traffic on the block. (Pedestrians often cross from her side of the street to avoid the clusterfuck.) And while the 5% increase in commercial rent was modest ($2,652 per month), the market rate is “a lot when you’re a niche shoe store.”

Pringle will continue her business online and even host future pop-up events.

In the meantime, the Tower Brokerage is already showing 40 Clinton Street to prospective tenants for April move in. Rents for the newcomer are higher for both dry ($2,800) and wet ($3,200) uses. Meaning, another liquor license could be in the offing here.

The six-year-old Little Shoe Store is certainly no stranger to struggle. Pringle relocated the shop from 58 Orchard Street almost two years ago to escape the escalating rent in the so-called bargain district. Before that, it was a move from the East Village.

Recent Stories

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hillman Houses Vandalized with Antisemitic Graffiti

Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, also marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Here on the Lower East Side, though, it was apparently occasion for some antisemitism. Someone scrawled an antisemitic message – “fuck Jews” paired with botched swastika – inside the Hillman Houses at 500 Grand Street. The […]

Watch the First Teaser for Upcoming Beastie Boys Doc on Apple+

Yesterday, Apple unveiled the first trailer for its highly anticipated Beastie Boys documentary. It’s a teaser in the truest sense, squeaking by at about thirty seconds. Beastie Boys Story is billed as a “live documentary experience” as told by surviving members Mike D. and Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz. It’s based on the bestselling Beastie Boys Book […]

Mount Sinai Opening Group Clinic on Delancey Street

There hasn’t been a steady tenant at 104 Delancey Street since the Chase Bank closed and consolidated with the branch across the street in 2012. Instead, eight years of pop-up players persisted, from Gagosian (2012) and Hanksy (2014) to Spirit Halloween (2015), All Leather, and Chabad LES. Now, landlord Samy Mahfar is switching it up completely. […]

Onlookers Rush to Lift SUV from Atop Pedestrian on Delancey Street [VIDEO]

Did you happen to see this clip from yesterday evening? An SUV driver purportedly hit a pedestrian on the doorstep of Essex Crossing, in the intersection of Delancey and Norfolk Street. Seeing the accident unfold, several pedestrians rush to the vehicle in order to literally lift it from atop the victim. Apparently her ankle was […]

On the ‘Ground’ with the New Madison Street Soccer Pitch

In the month-and-change since we broke the news, the large-scale indoor soccer field on Madison Street is making quick progress. Transforming a long-vacant commercial warehouse on the edge of Chinatown. Last week, The Ground, which was founded last year around the corner on Monroe, made the expansion official by whitewashing 130 Madison and imparting branded […]