As 7-11 and the like aim to murder the city's bodegas and corner grocery stores, more of these mom-and-pop shops shutter, quietly, unnoticed except by their loyal customers who live nearby. JVNY reader Eddie sends in the following report and photos of his corner deli in Yorkville, recently closed.
"Paris, Vienna, and Buenos Aires have their cafes. New York has delis. We don’t hang out and sip lattes for 3 hours. We buy a paper cup of coffee and a $13 pack of cigarettes and hang out on the sidewalk, shooting the shit with neighbors and drunks from the bar next door. This is all we have. And they are dying.
My corner deli has a photo of my daughter above the register. The flowers outside are the garden I wake up to every morning when I look out my kitchen window. Heck, I even check on the flower guy, who is out there all night, when I get up for a 2 a.m. pee.
The new building owners doubled the rent, so they are moving. The good news is that they will only be a block away. The bad news is whatever is coming next. My garden view will probably be that of a 7-11.
New York City is dynamic, and these things inevitably happen. But in my Yorkville neighborhood, where the creeping 2nd Avenue subway is already forcing rents and condos high into the sky, I stop and take a breath.
I might have to move."