Neighborhood Spotlight: Monk Thrift Shop

Monk Thrift Shop is off the Park on MacDougal Street en route to West 8th. The shop has vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, tchotchkes (knick knacks), and more. Although it’s received mixed reviews on Yelp, I find it a fun place to walk in and explore. It’s obviously surviving, unlike many on troubled West 8th Street, and it’s eclectic in a city increasingly homogenized so probably a good idea to support it. Plus they have these fabulous ruby red slippers, a la Dorothy, in their window right now!

Ruby Red Slippers at Monk

They also take donations and will give you a tax receipt, so, if you don’t know what to do with some old something or other, here’s a place to bring it. They are open every day 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., except Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Monk Thrift Shop
175 MacDougal Street (betw. Wash Square North and W. 8th Street)
#212/533-0553

On West 8th Street; Spotted in Shop Window on Troubled Strip: “Support Small Business”

Sign spotted in the window of Andy's Chee-Pees in business since 1977

More and more for Rent signs on West 8th Street

West 8th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues has been in trouble for awhile now despite the local BID’s efforts to make the strip less about shoe stores and more about high end establishments. A few new spots have opened recently but so many have closed; three in a row on the south side of the street right off MacDougal, including Is-Wine and 8th Street Kitchen, both relatively new. There was another newcomer, Patty & Bun right off 6th Avenue, on the northern side. I always meant to go in. That’s now closed.

This sign, “Support Small Business,” is in the window of Andy’s Chee-Pees Vintage Clothing. This is their “flagship store,” in business since 1977. My first memory of this Village strip is from going to Postermat in the ’80’s when the block was a destination.

The status of West 8th Street has been an ongoing discussion for years now. Is there hope for it to revitalize? It is one block from Washington Square Park. What would it take?

2006: West 8th Street will be new ‘Culinary Alley’, Village Alliance says, The Villager

2008: 8th Street Ghost Town, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York

2011: More Closings on West 8th Street, Flaming Pablum