The fourth-generation family business Jim's Shoe Repair is set to shutter in September, after 82 years on E. 59th, because Walgreens' Duane Reade needs more space. Because 5,500 square feet is not enough. Because the landlord, SL Green, won't give Jim's a break. Because the Landmarks Commission said no. Because in the new New York, mega-chains win and mom-and-pops lose.
Two petitions have gathered thousands of signatures (sign here), but it hasn't stopped the process.
I received the following information about how you can help Jim's tomorrow:
"Jim’s recently filed a petition against the Landmarks Commission, asking the court to review the Commission’s decision to deny Jim’s a landmark designation. This is where you can help. This Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., Jim’s will take part in a public hearing to seek a review of the Commission’s decision. Through this hearing, Jim’s can demonstrate to the court and the Commission that the shop is an iconic and historic New York City landmark."
The hearing is open to the public. If you value Jim's Shoe Repair, if you value small businesses and diversity on the streets, or if you're just sick and tired of corporations taking over every inch of our city, please go and make yourself heard:
Wednesday, June 11, 9:30 AM
60 Center Street, Room 130
Jim's Shoe Repair