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After twenty years in business, the home and gift shop Mxyplyzyk on Greenwich Avenue shuttered seemingly overnight. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York posted a photo of a sign on the door that reads: "For 20 years we maintained a vision that has set us apart... We sincerely loved being a part of this community and we will miss this corner." However, the store in Jersey City, which opened last year, will remain open.
Owner Kevin Brynan later told the blog that running an independent store in the city became "impossible." He adds, "With the closing of St. Vincent's two years ago (the largest employer in the West Village), this incredible recession, and tenants being responsible for real estate taxes, I was just forced out. It is quite clear the current city administration prefers chain stores over the 'mom and pops' with their tax abatements. This island is destined to have a very boring retail landscape."
· Mxyplyzyk: Vanished [JVNY]
· All Mxyplyzyk Coverage [Racked NY]