DEAR:Rivington Vintage Boutique Departs LES for Great Jones Street

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 at 6:02 am by
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The 1840-vintage townhouse at 95 Rivington is one of the last remnants of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue which collapsed in 2006. For the last five years, a vintage boutique called DEAR:Rivington operated out of the ground level. Not anymore. It’s moving on up … to Great Jones Street.

Apparently the store is expanding into a larger store for their wares. To mark the relocation, Dear:Rivington is holding a moving sale. They’ll depart at the end of the month, and reopen sometime in July at 37 Great Jones. Corcoran leasing banners now cover the windows. The space will cost the new tenant $15k per month. Good luck.

Owner Moon Rhee opened at 95 Rivington in 2009 after a move from Clinton Street, where it was simply called Dear.

History of this structure is quite interesting. The townhouse was first built as a private residence, but later became the College Settlement. According to The Synagogues of the Lower East Side, the address can claim credit for the first public bathhouse in New York, first public outdoor playground, and possibly first public library.

Before its recent return to residential use, 95 Rivington became an annex for the synagogue. Its function was Talmud Torah – a Hebrew school. That much is clear by the seal above the doorway.

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