Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse to close amid rising costs

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(CNN) — One of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse, will close this fall.

Owner of the restaurant and event space, Dean J. Paul filed paperwork with the City of New York indicating his intention to close the business.

“Due to increased labor and material costs, the business will be permanently closed effective 10/16/2022 and a total of 163 employees will be affected.” He wrote.

The boathouse itself, however, will not be closed. The present building, which was built in 1954, belongs to the city.

Central Park is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, but is managed day-to-day by the Central Park Conservancy.

Within the park are many famous and frequently photographed landmarks, including the Alice in Wonderland statue and the Delacorte Theatre, Shakespeare’s home in the park.

However, Boathouse stood out even among that group. It is a popular filming location, with scenes from movies and TV shows such as “Sex and the City,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Crystal Howard, spokeswoman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, Told the New York Times that her agency is actively trying to find a new operator for the Loeb Boathouse restaurant.

She added that they are also working with people who have booked future events such as weddings at the boathouse “in good faith.”

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The Boathouse isn’t the only New York City attraction to shutter since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.

Legendary department store Barney’s closed its doors in 2020. Roosevelt Hotelwhich briefly housed Don Draper on Mad Men, also departed that year.

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