Eulogy for Another Murdered Business in NYC

Louis Shoe Rebuilders, in business since 1921, will be out within a month, and along with other small businesses already gone, the spaces are rumored to be slated for yet another restaurant.

What follows is the eulogy I delivered at the Funeral event held last week.

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There is an ever growing hole in my Soul being gouged out by the devastation of local worlds all across New York City.

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Brothers and Sisters of the Heart of NYC, our communities, our villages, all our neighborhoods are under siege.  Our city, Our HOME – NOT our vacation spot – is being hollowed out by Dollar signs.

As if money makes a community!

Money doesn’t care; Duane Reade doesn’t care; CVS doesn’t care; BANKS don’t care; Landlords DO NOT CARE!! “Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all”!

New York City has long been the cultural capitol of the world – a city for everyone, a place where anyone could make a simple living and contribute to the multi-coloured vibrance of the streets, create Art, open a unique business filled with things that could only be found in NYC, become part of the fabric woven here.

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Now – like the towns across our nation, we’re being mollified! Sanitized, Homogenized, Disneyfied, Branded.

With the loss of each small business, we lose a part of ourselves; and we drift ever farther, becoming a diaspora of refugees from NYC.

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Let it not be lost on us that Manhattan, once bought for trinkets, is now being tricked out and sold as one herself –

What can we do? At this point, I don’t know;

BUT –

We can be here together, in our distress, in our sadness, in our anger and in our grief, and we can continue the fight, knowing that the real NYC burns like a flame in all our Hearts, and they will Never take that away from us, no matter how many lives and buildings they destroy –

And to para quote Robert Loggia (in Jagged Edge): Fk ‘em;They’re trash.

~ thanks to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York and #SaveNYC.

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