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Wednesday
Sep282011

Preserving Heritage in Gentrification

New Coffee Shop in Landmark Bakery (Vesuvio)

Once Dry-Cleaner, now upscale Hairdresser (Harry Chong)

We sense when our beloved old neighborhood places are about to go out of business. Over time, we got attached to them, we got to know the aging owner, hoped they would keep up their timeless trade against prevailing trends, the rising rent, stay open another year. Eventually they close, that's business, we wish we had bought there more often. However, in some cases succeeding owners are mindful of the tradition they replaced and keep memories alive. Very few of them go as far as taking over the existing name and shop to run an entirely new business. Two of them are depicted above. Harry Chong was a charming, sometimes sloppy dry cleaning service, now occupied by an upscale hairdresser. Vesuvio an old SoHo bakery is now a hip cookie and coffee shop. A nice continuation of heritage in gentrification.

Reader Comments (1)

After 60 years, a laundry is left hung out to dry on Waverly Pl.
http://www.thevillager.com/villager_140/after60years.html
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