The space at 450 6th Avenue that once was home to the Jefferson Market has reemerged as a Halloween Store. The story of Jefferson Market is a sad one. Established in 1929, it was for many years the go-to spot for premium groceries. After Citarella moved in a few doors down, it faced a more direct competition than the previous occupant, Balducci's, had given Jefferson Market over the years.
The Jefferson Market finally closed its doors in 2008, but was resurrected shortly after by the same company that runs Gristedes. Apparently even under new management the Jefferson Market was unable to survive and in January of 2011 closed its doors for good.
The new Halloween store is interesting. The juxtaposition of halloween costumes and what is left of the Jefferson Market fuse together to create a truly Greenwich Village environment. The village is famous for its Halloween festivities. It is also famous for its disappearing old-time establishments. The Halloween store, of course, will be gone after Halloween. Even if another Marc Jacobs goes in after Halloween, the identity of the village and the spirit that comes out at such times will live on forever.