After the suspicious fire which then caused the long-time laundromatin this location to close around one year ago, 176 MacDougal Street — aka 1 MacDougal Alley — was taken over by Mirador, a high end women’s retail clothing store. It didn’t feel like a fit. But it was the type store the nearby real estate holders want to see around 8th Street which they’ve long envisioned as the next Bleecker Street (think: Marc Jacobs, Magnolia Bakery).
Alas, Mirador, after less than 6 months open, did not take. The “Prime Retail Space For Lease” sign again adorns the building. Rent is $7000 a month; the space is 625 square feet. I wonder what the laundromat was paying.
This Daily Candy piece on Mirador from November 2013 mentions that the location was once home to a Prohibition-era tearoom which I had forgotten.
Lucky Horse Shoe Above Door … ?
On horseshoes from Wikipedia:
When kept as a talisman, a horseshoe is said to bring good luck. Some believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. Others believe that the horseshoe should be hung the other way (with the ends pointing down), as it will then release its luck to the people around it.
Maybe they should try hanging the horse shoe the other way around…?
But at least the pay phone remains!
More on 176 MacDougal & Shakespeare’s Restaurant March 18, 2013