Ricky’s Has Closed

Ricky’s has closed their doors at 112 West 72nd Street, after 25 years on the Upper West Side. The store has been emptied out and signs have been removed from the windows.

The space will be available for rent as of November 15th. The asking rent is $40,000 per month.

Ricky’s has been struggling for some time, with other locations closing in recent times. The Astoria location closed in April, and the Tribeca location closed in July of 2018.

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Ricky’s History

Since 1989, Ricky’s NYC has been a part of New York’s urban chic culture. For over two decades, anyone from teenagers to Hollywood celebrities and their professional stylists have enjoyed Ricky’s. Ricky’s NYC hosts a diverse, cult-like following of clientele.

The store’s founder, Ricky Kenig, opened Ricky’s NYC under its original name of “Ricky Love” in the Greenwich Village in 1989. “At the time no one ever went down past 34th Street,” Kenig had said. The store originally became popular amongst downtown residents – a colorful community of drag queens and fashion mavens.

Ricky’s NYC’s offered eclectic style and funky ideas. They made headlines for drag costumes and for catering to the gay community of NYC in the 80s and 90s.

Ricky’s lists other open locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Miami, but competition has risen from other stores like Duane Reade and Sephora.

Customers on the UWS raved about Ricky’s saying that it was”part of the NYC experience”.

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