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Nusraty Afghan Imports, Ousted by Black Fleece, Finds a New West Village Home

351 Bleecker Street pre-makeover.  Image via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11205114@N03/2675013911/">VNY</a>/Flickr
351 Bleecker Street pre-makeover. Image via VNY/Flickr

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When Thom Browne's Brooks Brothers spin-off Black Fleece came to the West Village, it took over the space at 351 Bleecker Street then occupied by thirty-year-old business Nusraty Afghan Imports. This switch seemed emblematic of the way the West Village was changing, and Nusraty shut down amid a furor about gentrification best summed up by this prophetic statement from the owner's son: "'Marc' my words, that Marc Jacobs and all others alike will not last in Greenwich Village!" Well, Marc's still there, but Nusraty is back. The company website explains that the store will reopen at 113 W.10th Street between Greenwich and Sixth Avenue sometime this spring, and Jeremiah's Vanishing New York has April 19th as the opening date.
· All Nusraty Afghan Imports coverage [Racked]
· Nusraty Afghan Imports [Official Site]
· Everyday Chatter [VNY]