The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park will close due to rising costs

(CNN) — One of New York’s best-known venues, the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, will close its doors this fall.

The owner of the restaurant and event space, Dean J. Poll, has filed documents with the City of New York indicating his intention to shut down the business.

“Due to rising labor and material costs, the business will be permanently closing effective 10/16/2022, affecting a total of 163 employees,” he wrote.

The boathouse itself, however, will not close. The current building, built in 1954, is owned by the city.

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

There are many famous and often photographed locations in the park, including the Alice in Wonderland statue and the Delacorte Theater, home to Shakespeare in the Park.

However, the boathouse stood out even among this group. It has been a popular filming location, with scenes from movies and TV shows like ‘Sex and the City’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ filmed there.

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

She added that they also work with people who have booked future events like weddings at the Boathouse “in good faith”.

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

The legendary department store Barney’s closed in 2020. The Roosevelt Hotel, which briefly housed Don Draper in Mad Men, also said goodbye that year.

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