After the closing of Fontana Shoe Repair, it was only a matter of time before the next-door tailor closed up shop too. Now it's happening. According to this story in The Villager, Michael Alter's lease is up and he is packing it in. “I don’t want to work anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to work for the landlord. I can’t pay with my fingers so much money."
This is my tailor, the man who hems all my pants.
The Villager writes:
The landlord, Mark Scharfman, is asking $3,330 per month, and “who knows what the real estate taxes will be?” said Alter. “Bloomberg is killing small businesses.”
...He is considering putting in one more month, working through July, and then in the future might work a few days a week for someone else, just to keep busy. But he is ready to go.
Alter’s shop adjoins the now shuttered vacant space that shoemaker Angelo Fontana had to give up on Feb. 29 because of a steep rent increase from the same landlord...Now that both small spaces will be available, what next?