Chain Stores Did Not Grow in 2012 on the Lower East Side

7-Eleven opened a new store at 142 Delancey Street in September.

This report came out earlier in the week, but we haven’t had a chance to take a look at it before now.  The Center for an Urban Future released its fifth annual survey, “State of the Chains,” which tracks the growth of national chains in New York City.

We looked at the chain store issue in the cover story of our July print magazine.  This year, there was a lot of debate in the neighborhood, mostly surrounding the invasion of the LES by 7-Eleven.  In our story we noted that the 2011 report from the center found there were 37 national chain stores in area code 10002, which encompasses much of the Lower East Side and Chinatown.  What’s the story this year? According to the researchers, there were 36 retail stores run by national chains when the survey was conducted during the summer.

In all of New York City, the report found, the number of chains grew in the past year by 2.4%.  There are just over 7,000 chain locations in the five boroughs.  The companies with the most stores in NYC are: Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway and Starbucks.  7-Eleven now has 98 locations in the city, up from 83 last year.

The East Village (area code 10003) clocked in with 179 chain stores, up 12 from 2011.  The EV has more chain outlets than any other neighborhood besides New Springville on Staten Island and the Garment District/Koreatown.

The full report is available on the center’s web site.


Report: Gun Used to Shoot Cop on LES Was Recovered

The scene outside the Seward Park Extension following the shooting of a police officer last summer.

There are reports today that the gun used to shoot a police officer at the Seward Park Extension housing complex last July has been recovered.  Sources told the Daily News that the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration found the .22 caliber handgun during a drug-related investigation in September.  Indictments are reportedly expected later today.

Officer Brian Groves was shot while on patrol in the public housing development on Essex Street July 5.  His life was saved by a bullet proof vest. In spite of a large cash reward, police have had no luck tracking down the suspected shooter. More from the News:

The .22-caliber handgun was recovered in September during an undercover purchase made while the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration probed a drug crew, the law enforcement source said. Authorities are expected to announce on Thursday the indictment of 13 members of that crew.

The topic of gun crime has obviously moved to the top of the national agenda following the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  Last fall, the New York City DA, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the NYPD sponsored a gun buy-back program on the Lower East Side. Fifty guns were turned in, including 14 semi-automatic weapons.

State law makers could return to Albany as early as today to vote on a series of tough new gun control measure proposed by Governor Cuomo.


Morning Reads: East River Ferry Expansion, Trapeze Operation For Ham Fish, Cocktail Kudos

  • The city plans to expand East River Ferry service (NYT).
  • A trapeze operation may be coming to Hamilton Fish Recreation Center (Post).
  • Some Lower Manhattan residents say Con Ed is charging them for days in which there was no power after Sandy (NY1).
  • More on Sheldon Silver’s conversations with federal officials about securing emergency grants for downtown businesses (Daily News).
  • Shabbat dinner becomes an epicurean event (The Forward).
  • Mighty Quinn’s BBQ opens in the East Village (Eater).
  • Experimental Cocktail Club is one of the “coolest new bars” of 2012 (Zagat).
  • Rev. Jen’s anti-slam makes a comeback (EV Grieve).


Good Morning!

Photo by Rich Caplan.

Partly cloudy today with a high of 43.

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