So the storefronts of Morningside Heights have been doing quite a bit of changing recently. What with
- Cardomat folding in exchange for new health-food restaurant Dig Inn
- Citibank catching fire (real fire, not Columbia dorm fire drill fire)
- Vareli giving up its Domain name (ha, get it?)
- Crumbs being on its way out
we don’t know how much more not-so-Boringside we can handle.
Well, hope you’re sitting down, because it looks like longtime Morningside staple Columbia Cottage has reached the end of its days. According to the noticeably salty letter pictured below, managers at the Cottage haven’t been keeping up so well with their rent, and will be forced to close come late February.
The property is owned by St. John’s Owners Corporation (not surprising, given its location) and is just one example of MoHi rent prices forcing out smaller businesses (see: Cardomat). It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.
Reactions among Bwog staffers have ranged from hysterically nostalgic to aggressively opportunistic:
“Farewell, fond memory of spiking free wine with vodka after a horrendous econometrics midterm.”
“It’s a shame. The people there are so nice, and they have random books (old CC bulletins, children’s picture books, and a UNIX tutorial.”
“Cottage is the worst. Pearls is basically the same thing, but with edible food and angrier waiters (99th and Amsterdam). Can we start a bring back P&W Sandwich Shop petition?”
There you have it. Stock up on your free, abundant, uncarded watery wine before it’s too late. Here’s hoping we get a Panera instead.
Tell us how you really feel.
A glass of red wine serving us some serious action-shot drama via Shutterstock