Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Support Jim's: Tomorrow

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
Save Jim's


John Long said...

While I hate to see small business owners put out of business. Landmark status is a bit much. NYC is not what it once was and some people need to get used to that. Things change.

Anonymous said...

Room 130 in the courthouse on 60 Centre Street is the motion submission part, where people hand up papers on previously filed motions. I highly doubt that there will be any type of public hearing in that room.

Ken Mac said...

Jeremiah, have you read Paul Kingsnorth's Real England? Essential.

Former Villager said...

Yes, John Long, things change and New York is not changing for the better. Get used to it indeed. Get used to being a second class, overpriced, plastic corporate crap hole because that's what the once-amazing, once-wonderful New York City is becoming. I am so glad I got out.

Anonymous said...

What about saddlemaker? Perhaps, we need to preserve them too?

Anonymous said...


Any updates on Jim's?