It's a sad moment for New Yorkers as the City Bakery in Union Square, Manhattan recently closed up shops for good. A bit of an institution in New York, the cafe and bakery resisted the "mallification" of the coffee business and rising rents for as long as it could but it eventually had to give up.

Maury Rubin, chef and CEO of the Bakery, announced the sad news with an Instagram post a couple of weeks ago stating that the bakery "will absolutely, positively return", although Rubin also said that they probably won't be able to use the name anymore.

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City Bakery opened at 3 West 18th Street in 1990, eventually making a name for itself with its signature chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows and pretzel croissants. Over the years, thanks to the huge success of the Bakery, the owners managed to open up new locations in Japan and, with the now-closed Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery brand, in Tribeca and Soho. Many people expressed their sympathy with comments on Instagram, Yelp and TripAdvisor acknowledging and thanking the Bakery for its contribution to the local community and the world of bakery in general.

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