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.
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.”
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).
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.