It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 13th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: businesses we lost in 2016.
It's an all-too-common refrain in New York City: small businesses, facing the astronomical cost of operating in the five boroughs, are forced to close up shop. And while rising rents aren't always to blame for the demise of longtime NYC businesses—see the Carnegie Deli, whose owner decided to retire, or the proprietors of Brooklyn indie BookCourt—they've claimed plenty of beloved stores this year. (And it's not just limited to small businesses, either—even a big chain like Barnes & Noble isn't immune.)
So here now are 14 NYC businesses that closed thanks to rising rents this year—and if we missed one, let us know in the comments. (Looking for restaurant closings? Eater NY has you covered.)Read More