On LaGuardia Place since 1973, Bruno Bakery / Pasticceria Bruno will be closing its doors and leaving the Village. The bakery's last day will be this coming Sunday.
A sign on the door from the Settepani family reads, in part: "We would like to thank our landlord for the opportunity to make this work, but since Sept 11, 2001 it has been a continuing struggle to stay in business. Times have changed in our industry and we can no longer financially stay. New York City and some of their agencies make it impossible to survive."
One of the employees explained the problem in two words: "The rent."
A long-time customer read the sign and, while waiting for her box of cookies to be filled, cried, "I'm dying. I'm dying. You can't close. Not this place. Not this place! You've been here 40 years!"
But what's 40 years to a city that is wiping out century-old businesses, one after another after another? This will continue if we don't stop the bleeding. Support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act--tell your local council member to sign on.
Then go say goodbye to Bruno.