Save our supermarket
The following is an open letter to Stuyvesant Town Property Services CEO/Stuy Town General Manager Rick Hayduk,
As a 41-year long resident of Stuyvesant Town, I am writing to ask you to reconsider Blackstone’s determination to raise the rent against the Associated Supermarket on 14 th Street, causing them to leave our neighborhood.
It is most distressing that almighty profit once again outweighs the value that that market has had in our neighborhood for 25 years.
When I first learned that the store would open there, I was dubious. However, they have been able to run the store and the multiple complications connected with that with a minimum of disruption to us… despite the load in of product, the removal of garbage and the acceptance of bottles from street collectors.
The store’s employees are like family to us… we have seen them get their first job, pay for college, get married, take maternity leave and return, and have a decent job for these many years.
That has been an invaluable commitment on the store owners’ parts, creating a special feeling for those of us who have shopped there.
I know this letter won’t change your mind or the direction your negotiations take.
But I hope it makes you a little less able to look yourself in the mirror.
Lynne Hayden-Findlay, ST