Small Business Preservation
New York City's lovable array of independently-owned shops is disappearing fast, replaced by chain stores and empty storefronts. As they disappear, so does much of the city's character. Alongside other neighborhood preservation efforts -- like those of Jeremiah Moss, TakeBackNYC and the East Village Community Coalition -- I worked to address this disturbing trend, especially as Director of East Village and Special Projects at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, 2013-15.
How Cities Can Save Small Shops
July 24, 2017
The Small Business Spring of 2015
April 1, 2015
Ideas for Preserving Our Small Businesses and Creative Spaces
October 10, 2014
The Small-Business-Saving Squad of the East Village
March 12, 2014
Coping With the Disappearance of Beloved Places
January 17, 2014
The Anti-Chain Gang
October 23, 2013
Storefronts And Stories: A Talk with the Authors of "Storefront II," James & Karla Murray
Book talk at Rizzoli Bookstore, November 23, 2015
This talented couple, my neighbors, discuss their latest wonderful book of photos and interviews. Their work of documenting mom-and-pop shops is a New York City treasure, and so are they.
Historic Preservation, Meet Restaurant Preservation
Panel Held at Judson Memorial Church, August 5, 2014
Panelists including food critic Mimi Sheraton, Eater critic Robert Sietsema (wearing a mask so that restaurateurs don't recognize him), Columbia University planning professor Stacey Sutton, and landlord/developer Robert Perl explored whether and how the lifespan of beloved eateries can be extended.
Selected Profiles of the East and West Village - 'Business of the Month'
April 14, 2015
January 29, 2015
Mercer Street Books
September 16, 2015
May 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Ray's Candy Store
August 14, 2015
October 16, 2015