5 New York Favorites That Said Goodbye In 2011

Yay! Happy New Year! Looking forward to turning a page, freshening up, making some changes, and...saying some hard goodbyes? Unfortunately, that was the case some of our favorite restaurants, boutiques, and chains. A handful of staples were forced to shutter this year, and while some of them went on to be reborn in a bigger and better way, a few were forced out because — sadly — their time had come. So join us in a send-up to the New York spots we'll pour one out for as 2011 winds to a close. And take to the comments with your additions to the list.
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Life Cafe: This East Village staple (Rent, anyone?) shut its doors this year citing landlord drama. Sure, the Bushwick location is still around, but 10th Street just doesn't feel the same without all the Bohemian types scrounging for coffee money.

Life Cafe, 343 East 10th Street (between Avenue A and Avenue B); 212-477-8791.
Photo: Courtesy of Life Cafe
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Don Hill's: The MisShapes, Blondie, every punk band ever...Don Hill's has had a lot of rock-and-roll under its roof. A sad loss of a true classic.

Don Hill's, 511 Greenwich Street (near Spring Street); 212-219-2850.

Photo: Courtesy of Don Hill's
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Double Crown: Delicious small plates and a heap of alcohol made this Bowery location a great Fashion Week stopover. Thankfully, it's re-opened as the promising Saxon + Parole. We just hope their brussels sprouts measure up.

Double Crown, 316 Bowery Street (between Bleecker and East Houston streets); 212-254-0350.

Photo: Courtesy of Double Crown's Facebook.
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Ray's Pizza: New York was rocked when this slice of an institution shut its doors. Sure, there are other Ray's locations, but this was the original article.

Ray's Pizza, 27 Prince Street (between Elizabeth and Mott streets); 212-966-1960.

Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia.
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Filene's Basement: This bargain-bin superstore has been quietly folding, and this week marks it's last hurrah. We shed a tear, but are shopping the end of the sales, gleefully.

Filene's Basement, 40 East 14th Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway); 212-358-0169.

Photo: Courtesy of Filene's Basement

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