The Bowery Lighting District Just Lost its Biggest Store, Lighting by Gregory
The Bowery Lighting District is reeling after losing its biggest store.
Lighting by Gregory – located between Kenmare and Broome Streets for decades – faded from the landscape last week. The business shuttered, leaving behind multiple storefronts at 156-158 Bowery for the take. Apparently the company is in the throes of Bankruptcy filing, and the twenty employees were laid off Friday.
Their departure from the Bowery didn’t sit well with some of the final customers, though. At least based on Yelp testimonials. It seems there were fulfillment issues toward the end, with some paid orders not sent.
Lighting By Gregory had been an institution on the Lower East Side, and purportedly one of the oldest designer lighting shops in town. It first opened about forty years ago and grew to include 8,000 square-feet of floor space on the Bowery.
In its own words, the business was the “centerpiece of Manhattan’s famed Lighting District in New York City” for decades.
As for 158 Bowery itself, the property is owned by the lighting crew. There have been no sales on record as yet nor any building permits, but don’t be surprised if that changes in the near term.