The reason that local/mom and pop/small businesses are going out of business is the same reason that normal people are moving out of the city: It's unaffordable, especially the rent. Of course the only people who can afford to live here are people with white collar jobs making at least six figures. Of course the only businesses that can afford to operate here are chains and franchises with millions if not billions of dollars in revenue. Even if city residents were to give their patronage to local businesses exclusively, rather than chains and franchises, local businesses would still have a hard time staying in business because rent, among other expenses, is simply unaffordable. This is a problem that the city government must address, as the market has proven that it can not control itself. For starters, real estate must only be allowed to be owned by people, not corporations. This will diversify the ownership of real estate and, therefore, bring rent down.
New Yorkers: it's time to save the city we love
It’s been a bruising few weeks for New Yorkers with the news that institutions like Lucky Cheng’s and Soup Burg are closing their doors. Sadly, they weren’t the first and definitely won’t be the last. It’s time, New York, to say enough is enough.
In our #SaveNYC issue of Time Out New York (on newsstands now), we pay homage to the other local joints we adore but have already lost (RIP Mars Bar, RIP Loehmann’s) and issue a rallying cry to our city. Every single one of us is guilty of not walking the extra block or waiting on line an extra twenty minutes to visit the places we speak of with passion, awe and wet eyes. But what would New York be without them? It would be a drabber, duller, quieter, less colorful place. It would be a place that may not make our heads swim and our guts churn quite so much as we walk down the street. In short, it would be fucking boring. Is that the type of place we want New York to become? Hell no!
So join us! Pay a visit to your favorite record store, restaurant live music venue, bakery, bar or theater. Lay down your dollars. Tweet your messages of love with the hashtag #SaveNYC. Together we’ll ensure that this wonderful city of ours keeps its life-affirming joints that play such a huge part in making this city the greatest in the world. Yes, the whole world.
Check out our series of guest blogs from notable New Yorkers pleading their case to #SaveNYC. First up: Julie Klausner!