Living on 11th Street and 5th Avenue, anytime I am south of Washington Square Park I go up Thompson and cut through the park, this maneuver shaves a good 5 minutes off my walk home. One of my favorite parts of this trip has always been passing the Village Chess Shop. At any hour of the day, there was always someone sitting at a sidewalk table, wanting to play a game of chess with you. While I never took up any of the awaiting chess-heads posted up outside, their passion was inspiring.
Taking my usual way home a couple nights ago, I was shocked to see the Village Chess Shop was closed. The "for sale" signs in the windows kill any doubt that they might just be temporarily closed.
"Hey, Hope all is well for everyone.
New York City Chess is up and running , ( Post Sandy ).
Chess Shop is now closed however, it was a great 40 year run but while we attempted to preserve it, The Chess Shop became more of a curiosity or portrait than viable retail environment...Indeed, those who thoughtfully bid us farewell in the final days, admittedly had never set foot in the place lol...The Chess Shop lives on though. We'll be opening several smaller different type of sites for play, learning, competition and laughter...stay tuned.