Gem Spa

Gem Spa Loses its Iconic Signage

Posted May 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

The finality of losing Gem Spa officially took hold over the weekend. The iconic signage and awning were deposed from the southwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place, and the contents of the store liquidated. It now looks like any other retail vacancy on the Lower East Side. Gem Spa, which dates back […]

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Gem Spa is out of Business, Long Live Gem Spa

Posted May 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Gem Spa is closed forever. Long live Gem Spa. After weeks of rumors, the iconic corner bodega at St. Mark’s and 2nd Avenue announced yesterday afternoon that COVID-19 killed its business, which had already been reeling from a year of financial setbacks due losing their license to sell tobacco products. Parul Patel, who has been […]

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Help Support Gem Spa on St. Mark’s Place Tomorrow

Posted September 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

A perfect storm of misfortune has plagued the Gem Spa these last few months, causing a precipitous loss in business. From landlord issues to the temporary ban on cigarette sales and the loss of Zoltar, it’s hitting the bottom line. Fear of forever closure is palpable at 131 Second Avenue. The plight of the East […]

#SaveNYC Organizes ‘Small Biz Crawl’ for Second Avenue Explosion Survivors Tomorrow

Posted April 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm

As part of an effort to help the “legacy” mom-and-pop businesses affected by the Second Avenue Explosion, the grassroots #SaveNYC organization assembled a “Small Biz Crawl” for tomorrow afternoon. The goal is similar to a flash mob, but to spend money at these establishments. When catastrophe strikes, it is the small businesses that suffer most. […]


Weekend Edition: February 5

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

[Photo Credit: Phillip Kalantzis-Cope]

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Some Photos of Busted Water Main on 2nd Avenue

Posted September 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

Boogie contributor Lori Greenberg happened upon the water main bust earlier this week and filed the following.