Posted last week (is it possible to “break” a rumor?) that Upper West Side fixture Big Nick’s might be on the verge of closing after 50+ years in the neighborhood.
According to comments posted by owner Nick Imirziades on his Facebook page, it appears that situation is getting more and more likely.
At the heart of the matter is a supposed 50% rent hike on the 1,000 square foot space at 2175 Broadway (between 76th & 77th).
Mr. Imirziades reports he is currently paying $40,000/month and the landlord wants to raise it to $60,000/month.
Here’s an additional FB post here with lots comments from angry/outraged customers.
As mentioned in last week’s initial post, neighboring stores News Inc. and Bra Smyth are also facing closure. The landlord’s plan is to combine the three spaces into one larger unit, as evidenced by this commercial real estate listing, first unearthed for the masses by MUW reader Thomas.
The property is listed as available for possession as of February 1st, although that date may be a soft deadline if the landlord doesn’t already have a new tenant lined up
While nothing is set in stone yet, the closing seems like a forgone conclusion at this point — at least based on a variety of off-the-record conversations I’ve had with various people.
The news of Big Nick’s potential closing has sparked sadness, dismay, anger, and outrage among many in the neighborhood.
What are you thoughts? Feel free to rant and kvetch (or express your joy or ambivalence) in the comments section.
If there’s enough feedback, a post a round-up of reader reactions.
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