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The richest man in town

New York | A beloved bookstore announces its closure, then gets an It’s a Wonderful Life ending
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/22/19, 03:37 pm

A New York moment: 

Last week a longtime used book store on the Upper West Side, Westsider Books, announced it was closing. Locals were heartbroken: another cherished shop driven out by rising rents. You might have seen the bookstore at some point on the big screen. The narrow, dusty shop has appeared in movies like 2018’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? and 2017’s Wonderstruck.

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Perennial protection

Lifestyle | When scaffolding goes up on a Big Apple building, it can stay up for a long, long time
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/03/18, 04:09 pm

A New York moment: 

Workers just put up the dreaded scaffolding outside of my apartment building. Under a 1980 law, passed after a piece of falling facade killed a pedestrian, all city buildings must have periodic facade inspections. Indeed just last year, two blocks from me, a huge chunk of a facade fell onto the sidewalk—thankfully injuring no one. 

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None of your business!

Business | Anti-gentrification activists forcefully oppose new shops that others in poor neighborhoods welcome
by Sophia Lee
Posted 8/01/17, 08:47 pm

LOS ANGELES—When Weird Wave Coffee opened doors between a pawnshop and a check-cashing agency in the mostly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights, its owners envisioned someplace different from Starbucks or hausfrau coffee bars. They wanted to create a cozy communal space for the community—but they didn’t anticipate that the community might not have space for them.

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