After 32 Years, an Iconic Costume and Holiday Shop in Bushwick Has Closed

Evan Haddad


An iconic costume and party shop in Bushwick has shuttered its doors for good. 

After 32 years in business, Ira Levy, the owner of Party Fair at 390 Knickerbocker Ave., announced on Twitter that as of Jan. 6 his store had closed.

Party Fair was a community anchor that supplied the neighborhood with their celebratory needs through the good times and the bad. Levy and his shop saw six presidencies, a world of change in the area, and a whole lot of birthday parties. 

Back in 2009, Levy was quoted in an article about how the economic recession was hitting Bushwick and the changes happening in the neighborhood. But the longtime business owner didn’t blame the newcomers moving in.

“A new kind of people have been moving here, younger people who have recently graduated from college or are still studying,” Levy told Brooklyn Ink. “Young guys don’t have money to spend, they are just starting their lives.”

Whether it was Halloween, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s, or just your crazy friend’s bday, Levy’s shop frequently made Bushwick Daily’s list of the best places to buy costumes and decorations in the neighborhood. 

We reached out to Party Fair for a comment, but they could not be reached at the time of publication.

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Cover image courtesy of Luca Upper

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