We were surprised to see that D. Barton Kyner, one of several antique dealers clustered just below Union Square, would be leaving one of the most prominent storefronts in the neighborhood at 827 Broadway between 12th and 13th Streets. While the area is full of well-preserved architecture, few buildings have been able to retain the sort of early 20th Century wooden detailing found here. It has always been eye-catching. (Is it original? We're not experts, but it has been there as long as we can remember, and appears to match the upper part of the structure.)
Our question is whether the well established luxury antique district in the area is in danger of being displaced by a round of skyrocketing rent hikes, or is this simply an isolated case in a particularly prominent space? We will be interested to see who ultimately winds with the distinctive shop.
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