Photos by Stacie Joy
A fire destroyed the Essex Card Shop at 47 Avenue A late Monday afternoon. Thankfully there weren't any injuries.
And we're starting to get an idea how badly the fire damaged the storefront here between Third Street and Fourth Street.
FDNY officials returned to inspect the space yesterday. EVG contributor Stacie Joy was also there...
The two are awaiting the fire marshal's report to submit to the insurance company to begin the process of reopening. (Longtime manager Jayant "Jay" Patel previously said that he smelled smoke coming from the bathroom in the rear of the store and immediately called the FDNY.)
The father and daughter wished to express their gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community. (The GoFundMe launched Monday night has exceeded $50,000 to help the family pay for additional expenses and lost income.)
They were particularly heartened by the handmade signs that students from room 205 at the Neighborhood School left for them on the storefront's rolldown gate...
opened here in June 2020 after more than 20 years at 39 Avenue A.
One of the best traditional shops on the LES. Here's hoping he had enough insurance to cover his loss and reopen.
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