Even though a lot of the stores are shuttered and empty, because the rents are insane, (scroll down) it’s still festive on Bleecker Street. It’s now a thing to go over the top on the outside front of your store window. This is right at the corner of Bleecker and Perry. I don’t even know what that store on the corner sells. I can’t tell looking in the window.
Here’s a sign on one of the windows of the empty storefronts. I think this explains why so many are empty. There were a number of pop-ups when I was walking around the other night (stores that are only there for a day or two, or a week or so). Look at the rents for just a pop-up! Since the stores are almost always empty when I walk by, or have maybe a customer or two at most, who on earth is making at least $20,000 a month?? No one. Hence the empty storefronts.