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Monday, September 5, 2011

Outside Bedford Street Laundry, in the Village

Bedford Laundry, nyc
Photo by myself at Bedford and Morton Streets, in the Village.

This laundromat looks like it's temporarily closed, with wash waiting to be picked up.

I was surprised (and disappointed) to find out that it's shuttered for good, after some rooting around on the internet. The sign alone has such character.

ps: As you can see in the comments section, the original Owners sold the laundry in 2009 to fund their daughter Jessica's clothing line, which was then named Bedford Street Laundry.

For a look at the Jessica's contemporary designs, click here.

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As a rule of thumb, there is a laundromat, dry cleaners, shoe repair, coffee shop, grocery, bank, post office, drug store and many restaurants within walking distance of any place in Manhattan.

Now of course, it's more like one Duane Reade pharmacy, three Starbucks and several fancy dessert places. But you get the point. You don't need a car in this city!

Related posts: Signs of Old Times, on the Lower East Side, The Quality Mending Company, in Soho and Meat Market, Ninth Avenue.

6 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime bien cette vieille enseigne, et ne m’├ętonne pas quelle se trouve dans le Village, ailleurs elle serait deja devenu un Starbuck (ou autre) ;o))

Jessica said...

My parents operated this laundromat from the early 90's until the summer of 2009 when they sold the lease. I started a clothing line the same year with their help and named it Bedford Street Laundry.
It's really sad to see that the new owners weren't able to keep the business going.

Kitty said...

Hi Olivier
I was drawn to the sign, too. Every business wants a snazzy sign, but I feel that age and character are more valuable. It's too bad.

Jessica, I read about you!
The first thing that comes up on a search for 'Bedford Street Laundry' is your clothing line. Using the name was a sweet gesture.
Looks like you're already carving a path for your business. I wish you the best.

Peppie said...

i just found MY blog. yes, i did. i'm so in love with nyc since i've been there and this blog is perfect for me to be 'up-to-date' with nyc haha :)

♥, peppie

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love the story relating to this post.
& it also makes me wonder if people ever missed their clothing too?

Jessica said...

Thanks for the mention! Really fell in love with this blog :)