EAST VILLAGE – Iconic punk outfitter Trash and Vaudeville is officially closing its doors on St. Marks Place on Feb. 29, according to the shop’s Instagram account.
Last summer, the 40-year-old clothing retailer announced its plans to relocate from St. Marks Place to 96 E. Seventh St. near First Avenue, where it expects to begin business by early March.
“I love St. Marks place,” owner Ray Goodman told local blog EV Grieve back in July. “There’s something magical about it. This just isn’t any block.”
Rapid commercial changes in the neighborhood and perpetually increasing rents influenced the shop’s decision to move, Goodman told the blog.
“Rent was a factor, but it wasn’t the sole reason,” he said. “The block is not as conducive for shopping as it once was. Now it seems as if it’s all food — fast food — and bongs. Even stores that aren’t bong stores sell bongs.”
Goodman said he believes the store’s new location has greater commercial diversity.
Opened in 1975, Trash and Vaudeville's storefront at 4 St. Mark’s Place has historically been an epicenter of counterculture, bohemia and rock-and-roll. The building, which is landmarked, is currently on the market for $10.5 million.