Bowery Boogie

After 43 Years on Grand Street, Seward Park Liquors is Moving to Ludlow

In the coming weeks, Seward Park Liquors will leave its namesake territory. The Seward Park Co-op board ultimately voted against renewing their retail lease back in April after more than 43 years at the base of the residential complex. However, owner John DeBlasio is in the process of moving the business just a few blocks to the west.

DeBlasio has chosen 53 Ludlow Street for the second coming, a tiny storefront that previously housed the Silk Cakes bakery. (They consolidated at the Forest Hills location in 2016 after eight years on the Lower East Side.) Paperwork was filed with the State Liquor Authority at the end of November, and a notice to the community is taped to the door.

This might prove a tough spot for the liquor store, as the southern third of Ludlow Street (below Grand) is a somewhat sleepy stretch lacking foot traffic. Not to mention competition from Delancey Wine right around the corner.

Nevertheless, the license for Seward Park Liquors is still pending. Opening of the new location is expected for the end of January.

And thus concludes the months-long saga of DeBlasio versus the Seward Park Co-op, in which he took his frustrations during the lease renewal process to the public sphere. The dust-up got the proprietor into some hot water, and was forced to publicly retract the statements.