Artie's hardware store on West 14th Street has been forced to close. A merger of Aaron Hotz Locksmith and Hardware Mart, in one form or another, Artie's was in business for over 85 years.
Reader Tom Bernardin writes in to report: "I was told the rent was going up to $30,000."
Artie's was in a Pratt building. Now Pratt's got the windows papered with a giant advertisement for a fashion show.
Pratt recently made news for evicting staff and faculty members from the art school's Brooklyn campus, including 79-year-old head engineer Conrad Milster, the man in charge of the once-beloved, now vanished New Year's Eve steam whistle.
So there you go.
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