Friday, November 14, 2014

Brewer for Cafe Edison

The fight to save Cafe Edison continues. Kathleen Vestuto, member of our Save Cafe Edison facebook group, reached out to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with great success.

Ms. Brewer has now written an eloquent letter to the Hotel Edison's owner, Gerald Barad, and General Manager, Richard Hotter, asking that they give a lease to the Cafe Edison.

Brewer writes that the closing of Cafe Edison "will cause the unnecessary loss of jobs for workers who are the most vulnerable in our economy. It would be a disgrace to lose this New York institution that inspired Neil Simon to write '45 Seconds from Broadway,' where August Wilson wrote several scripts on Cafe Edison napkins, and where Doug Henning and David Copperfield were regulars and I reiterate my request that you give a lease to the Cafe Edison to remain in its location in the Edison Hotel."

It's not over 'til it's over! This is not a funeral, it's a fight. So come out this weekend for Lunch Mobs, brings your protest signs, and bring the fight to Save Cafe Edison. It's not just about one place--this is a fight to save New York. Stop the vanishing.

Lunch Mobs this weekend
Lunch Mob last weekend

Join the Save Cafe Edison facebook group
Sign the petition


Anonymous said...

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

We love you jeremiah !

Anonymous said...

Not just the buildings, the people are disappearing as cities economically hollow out. Not just New York but every city in America. I'm sure my out of town friends must roll their eyes as I drive and recite the litany of what used to be here or there.

Is it wrong to be nostalgic for the gritty, crumbling cities I loved so much or am I just getting old? I'm glad that some of the movies of the '70's have captured them but what will they mean when no one is left that understands the context?

Ed said...

Anonymous 1:15, the US has been moving from a wealthy people in the suburbs, poor people and bohemians in the central cities model to a wealthy people in the cities, poor people in the suburbs model.

I think the classes should be intermixed spacially, but if you are going to have a place where the wealthy congregate and dominate, it should be the countryside. The problem with putting them in the cities is that a healthy society really needs places where different types of people congregate and exchange ideas. Cities are best suited for that. Bohemia doesn't really work in the suburbs.

If the cities you like and I like go away, the US dies within a few decades. At least it stagnates like its doing now. I can't tell if the current cultural stagnation is due to the death of the cities as a place where culture is created, or if its the other way around.