When Kurowycky Meat Products (124 First Avenue between 7th and 8th Street) was forced to remove fresh meats from its windows last fall, owner Jerry Kurowyckyj commented to the New York Times, “…this place looks like it’s going out of business tomorrow.”
Sadly, Kurowycky Meat Products - one of the East Village’s last remaining smokehouses - really is going out of business on 2 June, after 52 years.
By way of explanation, owners Ezya and Jerry Kurowyckyj have posted this message on their website:
“Today's economic climate just does not support a small business on the scale that ours endeavors to survive in. Thank you all for all your years of support. We are closing as of this Saturday, June 2nd. It was a great ride and again, we thank you all.”
Photo by Shanna Ravindra for New York Magazine.