By COREY KILGANNON, KAREN ZRAICK, MEGHAN LOUTTIT and EDEN WEINGART
NEW YORK CITY is known around the world for the big stuff — iconic guidebook attractions like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. But New Yorkers know that the city’s essence lies in the smaller, neighborhood places that make up its unique fabric.
If not well known, they are certainly well loved: the local dive bar or diner; the quirky Laundromat; the tiny shoe repair shop. And while the city is always in transition, the change these days seems relentless. Beloved spots are succumbing to high rents and are often replaced by chain businesses.
Here then is a celebration of places that are closing (or just hanging on).
Illustrations by Julia Wertz
We’ll continue to chronical New York’s endangered spaces throughout the year. Share your suggestions and memories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your story may be featured in future installments.
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