Elected Officials, Residents Rally at Pathmark Site

Outside the Pathmark store at 227 Cherry Street.

Earlier today, a big crowd turned out in front of the Pathmark, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, to protest the store’s decision to close at the end of the year to make room for a large residential development.  A rally organized by the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council was attended by local elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

“We are here today to make our voices loud and clear,” Silver said. We will not stand by and allow our seniors and families to lose access to a local affordable supermarket.”   On September 28, we reported that the Pathmark at 227 Cherry Street and its pharmacy next door would shutter at the end of the year.  Residents suspect Gary Barnett’s Extell Development plans a luxury apartment complex on the site, with a high-end grocery store, but there has been no confirmation.  Last week, elected officials sent a letter to Pathmark and to property owner F. Roy Schoenberg in hopes of keeping the store open longer.  So far, there has been no response.