[Photo by Bob Arihood]
And now, the market — dubbed the "Cobra" store for having the best prices on King Cobra Malt Liquor — has closed...
It will soon be home to a Wholesome Foods, a gourmet deli ...
There's another Wholesome Foods on Stanton and Essex. Back in the early summer of 2008, The Villager profiled the Wholesome owners:
When Orlando Rodriguez, 34, was growing up on Suffolk St. on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood was a stark contrast to today’s scene of luxury high-rise apartment buildings and upscale hotels that are fast filling the landscape. Drugs and crime proliferated on the streets.
“All my school friends ended up in jail or dead,” said Rodriguez, whose older brother was murdered in 1987.
While Rodriguez is saddened about the effect of increasing prices and rents driving out many of the people and businesses he grew up with, he feels that the changes on the Lower East Side are a positive thing.