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Discontinued reports on store closings around town. Seen someone close up shop for the final time? Do let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) East Harlem: No one likes to see a neighborhood institution like Italian bakery Morrone & Sons, open since June 1956, close. The family-run store was forced to shutter when pain from a herniated disc became too much for Morrone's full-time bread maker. Bonus tear-inducing quotage: "'It’s like having a death in the family,' said Mrs. Morrone, 72, who began to cry from behind the counter where she had held court for more than half a century." [NY Times]
2) Park Slope: Slightly less heartrending is the departure of South Slope design and gift shop Nest. So far there's no word as to why the boutique shut its doors for good. Perhaps they overestimated Park Slopers' need for cute tchotchkes. [Brownstoner]