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By Mitch Broder
If you’ve always dreamed of opening up a little shop in Manhattan, act now. Make a deal, and you could be opening up the littlest.
Well, not quite the littlest. Here and there in the city are umbrella-hawkers and palm-readers operating in recesses barely big enough for an umbrella or a palm. But 184 Seventh Avenue South is just elbow room beyond those. It’s little enough to be manageable, yet big enough to sleep one.
Aaron Gavios of Square Foot Realty says that a lease is out on the store, but he also says that a lot of leases have been out on the store. It’s been available for a couple of years. It’s a tricky place to rent. It’s 10 feet by 15 feet. Bed Bath and Beyond has not expressed interest.
No one with a lot of money has expressed interest. No one with a little money has evoked interest. The rent is $2,800, and the landlord reportedly doesn’t deal much. The next-door neighbor is a place called Fantasy World, whose name may be a warning.
There are other possibilities, Aaron says: “It could be very good for an ice-cream store.” That’s true. People around here are always eating ice cream. You just need an ice-cream counter, an ice-cream scooper (that would be you), and enough wall space for a flavor list, which will undoubtedly be short.
Aaron alternately envisions “a shoe store, a clothing boutique, a candy store, or a convenience store — there is good foot traffic there.” He doesn’t suggest an umbrella-hawker or a palm-reader, perhaps because those are the other next-door neighbors.
Think it over, but not too long, lest someone else grab your 150 square feet. Aaron says you could make a pile, though you’d have to store it elsewhere.
“I’ve seen people do $5 million a year in 800 square feet,” he says. That means about a mil for you. Minus $8 for your Con Ed bill.Size up your new store at 184 Seventh Avenue South, near West 11th Street, in Manhattan.