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East Village shop and Discovery Channel superstar Obscura Antiques & Oddities had to abruptly close at the end of January, but fear not—a new location, also in the East Village, is in the works. The Obscura owners posted on their Facebook page:
OK....a bit of bad news....but good news too...We are moving...sooner then we had thought. We must be out of our current space by the end of January...That's 3 days from now....but the new space isn't ready yet...so we are closing until the new place is ready and we can move into it...Which will hopefully be soon....like near the end of February.
Though they don't say where they're moving to, they add that it's in the same neighborhood ("maybe 3 or 4 blocks away...."), that it's twice the size of the old location, and that it's also inside of a formal funeral home. But which?
EV Grieve points out that there's one close nearby currently under renovation: the former Sigmund Schwartz Gramercy Park Chapel, on Second Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets. Two of their commenters, on the other hand, suggest 207 Avenue A, which was the Sparacio & DeMarco Funeral Home before it was Jane's Exchange—and now, the windows are covered in brown paper.
· Obscura has closed; moving to new East Village home soon [EV Grieve]
· Obscura Antiques & Oddities [Facebook]
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