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Sadly, the deluge continues. As a long term resident of 7th, I patronized this merchant for numerous alterations, repairs to items and dry cleanings during this past decade. They were courteous, efficient and steadfast; they were a daily reminder of normalcy and minutia. I was gutted over the weekend when walking home with groceries in hand as I peaked through the window to discover the news with the white note on the door. These very businesses are essential to our way of life in how we not only thrive, but also how we engage with and support one another in a community. Neighborhoods are defined by the individuals who offer their services to us as fellow residents who live our daily lives with immediate needs to be met, regardless if it is a bar, restaurant, store, butcher, or tailor, etc. If this pandemic, economic crisis and lockdown has offered any insight, it is how nothing or no one is forever or promised. And how change is eminent, whether or not you choose to understand or embrace it. My heart often sinks each time I view this site when we've been altered to yet another closing. It all just seems too many, too fast, much like loved ones we've lost as a result of COVID since March. Very difficult to process as a collective. I wonder what the EV, much less the rest of NYC will resemble a year from now?
@9:45 - well said.I've been working from home since March and, for the first time in decades, have been able to spend my days here in the EV along with my neighbors. I've always loved the neighborhood, but now even more. It's heartbreaking to see so many businesses, business owners and employees vanish. Since I am fortunate enough to still be working, I've been trying to patronize every place I can with as much as I can afford. Instead of buying breakfast and lunch in midtown where my office was, I'm now purchasing takeout from many restaurants in the neighborhood. That doesn't help places like this dry cleaner, though, who is suffering because people like me are no longer working in an office with a dress code, or dressing up to go out to the theater. I feel we're all trying as hard as we can, but it's just not sustainable without outside (government) help.
I missed Amy so much after she retired. I hope LuLu and her husband are doing okay.
I don't know the owner's name, but he was the nicest guy. I lived on 7th street for 10 years and went there a lot.
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