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Last Look at Fong Inn Too, Gone After Eight Decades in Chinatown

(Photo: Nick McManus)

(Photo: Nick McManus)

One of Chinatown’s oldest businesses, Fong Inn Too, shuttered over the weekend after 82 years in business. It was thought to be the oldest family-run tofu shop in the country. Opened in 1933 by a Guangzhou immigrant, Geu Yee Eng, the Mott Street shop grew into a factory churning out about 10,000 squares of tofu per day. Still, in 2011, third-generation owner David Eng told WNYC that business was “terribly slow,” and lamented that the family’s fourth generation had no interest in taking it over.

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Bake Time is Up: Cake Shop Says Goodbye

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Later gator. Cake Shop closed on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Another venue spent New Year’s Eve saying their last goodbyes to regulars and anyone else with a drink in their hand. For the last few years, Cake Shop was running on borrowed time. Back in 2012, when the gritty bitty Lower East Side venue’s Ludlow Street neighbor, The Living Room, closed up shop after more than 15 years in business, it seemed like it was only a matter of time.

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It’s All Over Now for Williamsburg Bar Over the Eight

Over the Eight says goodbye (Photo: Nick McManus)

Over the Eight says goodbye at their New Year’s Eve comics celebration (Photo: Nick McManus)

Last year was a rough one for cultural spaces of all kinds in New York City, so it was somewhat fitting (if not totally sad) that a slew of local spots said their peace-outs during New Year’s Eve festivities. Among the departing establishments that went out with a bang on one of the drunkest night of the year was Over the Eight, a Williamsburg bar which closed up shop after “three and a half years” of “slinging cheap drinks and treasured times” (as we heard back in November when the owners first announced their departure).

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Dives Down: East Village Loses Its Edge and a Palace Closes in Greenpoint

Palace Cafe owner Mike Ryan (second from left) with friends at the opening of the his goodbye party, 9/24/16. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Palace Cafe owner Mike Ryan (second from left) with friends at the opening of the his goodbye party, 9/24/16. (Photo: Nick McManus)

On Saturday, two neighborhood long-timers quietly said goodbye. In Greenpoint, the Palace Cafe, which had officially closed Sept. 3 after 60 years in business, held one last goodbye party. Meanwhile, in the East Village, Edge Bar turned off its neon “SLEEP LATE” sign after 29 years on East 3rd Street. In what was surely a somber bar crawl, photographer Nick McManus went to both to take some Parting Shots for us.

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Williamsburg Loses Another Venue, as The Grand Victory Turns Out the Lights

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The band STALKERS, Grand Victory general manager Sean Dougherty and friends on the venue’s last night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

After just four and a half years on Grand Street, Williamburg venue the Grand Victory closed its doors last night, finishing things out with a hardcore matinee during the day and a nighttime show to say “Bon Voyage” to the space. The first show was headlined by local punks Subzero, after which several DJs and surprise guests played one last show that lasted into the first couple hours of Monday. That last show was closed out by Andy Animal and his band STALKERS, who were also playing their final show as a band.

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After 17 Years, Ludlow Guitars Says Goodbye To Ludlow Street

 Ludlow Guitars owner Kaan Howell and employee Garret Lovell (first and second from left) along with members of nearby Con Artist Collective pose for a final photo at Ludlow Guitar's 172 Ludlow Street location. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Ludlow Guitars owner Kaan Howell and employee Garret Lovell (first and second from left) along with members of nearby Con Artist Collective pose for a final photo at Ludlow Guitar’s 172 Ludlow Street location. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Lower East Side music shop Ludlow Guitars had its last day earlier this week, ending its 17-year run on the street that gave it its name. As the shop’s owner, Kaan Howell, busily packed the place up in preparation for its decamp to Brooklyn, he took some time to get a couple final polaroids in the old shop—presumably the last before it inevitably turns into a fusion restaurant/hotel/dog therapist. 

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Moaning Metalheads and Weeping Punks Mourned The Acheron’s Closing

The crowd assembled outside The Acheron, 3:30 am the morning after closing night (Photo: Nick McManus)

The crowd assembled outside The Acheron, 3:30 am the morning after closing night (Photo: Nick McManus)

It was clear from the get-go things were gonna be seriously crazy at The Acheron’s very last show on Saturday night, what with another stellar lineup of metal bands to follow the previous night’s “last punk gig”– neither of which could have been cast better for the punk and metal venue’s farewell. For the last six years, the place had called East Williamsburg home, and while the body has died, the soul will live on as a “production company.”

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Last Days of Discs: Parting Shots of Other Music and Rebel Rebel

The staff and customers of Other Music on closing day, June 25, featuring owners Josh Madell (third from left) and Chris Vanderloo (third from right).

The staff and customers of Other Music on closing day, June 25, featuring owners Josh Madell (third from left) and Chris Vanderloo (third from right). (Photo: Nick McManus)

Was it the day the music died? It sure seemed like it when two of Manhattan’s last record shops, Other Music and Rebel Rebel, closed their doors on Saturday. Photographer Nick McManus, who’s been shopping at them since he was a teenager, got everyone together for some Parting Shots, above and below.

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There Was Bubbly and Braiding as Northeast Kingdom Ended Its 10-Year Run

Staff and friends of Bushwick's Northeast Kingdom during their closing party, May 29 at 1am. Co-owner Paris Smeraldo is dead center behind the bar in the blue button-down shirt and his partner Meg is next to him at his left. (Photo: Nick McManus.)

Staff and friends of Bushwick’s Northeast Kingdom during their closing party, May 29 at 1am. Co-owner Paris Smeraldo is dead center behind the bar in the blue button-down shirt and his partner Meg is next to him at his left. (Photo: Nick McManus.)

Bushwick lost one of its pioneering restaurants over the weekend when Northeast Kingdom closed after more than 10 years off of the Jefferson stop. (Yes, Virginia, it opened way before there was a “Jefftown.”) In a goodbye message, owners Paris Smeraldo and Meg Lipke explained that they hoped to devote more time and energy to their children and their upstate farm and home (Lipke, a visual artist, will continue working from her Bushwick studio).

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Last Days of Pearl River Mart, Now Closed After 45 Years Downtown

The staff of Pearl River Mart at the end of their final day at their Soho location, featuring owners Ching Yeh and Ming Yi Chen (center), 3/29 at 5 p.m. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The staff of Pearl River Mart at the end of their final day at their Soho location, featuring owners Ching Yeh and Ming Yi Chen (center), 3/29 at 5 p.m. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Goodbye signs in the papered-up windows of Pearl River Mart indicated this was the iconic store’s last week in Soho, but gave no exact closing date. Turns out, Tuesday was its last day after 13 years on Broadway. Owner Ching Yeh Chen’s announcement that the massive store would close early, at 5 p.m., came in the same tone I’d heard at previous closing times there. After the last customers left and the doors were locked, the staff, clad in uniform denim vests, joined her and her husband, Ming Yi, for a group portrait.

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