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Benefit for Ray's Candy Store at Theater for the New City , March 8, 2010

Benefit for Ray's Candy Store

 

Theater for the New City
155 First Street
New York, NY 10003

 

Monday, March 8, 2010
7:30 pm

 

Ray's Candy Store is the latest neighborhood business that is under threat of eviction due to escalating rent hikes. 77 year old Ray Alvarez has had his store at 113 Avenue A for over thirty five years. Now, he is in danger of losing his home because he's finding it difficult to make the rent. His store personifies what used to be a real neighborhood place. All kinds of people from the elderly Ukrainians, the Puerto Ricans, the hippies, the punks, the yuppies and the hipsters, ecetera etc..all use Ray's Candy Store for food, cigarettes, coffee and to be down right neighborly. It's one of the rare places in the city where all can gather and all can feel welcome. This benefit is in the old rent party tradition of raising money to help one of our own to stay where he belongs, to remain an essential part of the community.


Some of the performers will be Reverend Billy and The Life After Shopping Gospel Choir, East River String Band, DJ Didi of Brazilian Girls and Blind Boy Paxton as well as other great musical artists. They are all excited and happy to give their time to help raise money for Ray's Candy Store. It promises to be a wonderful evening of giving love to a neighbor in need. Ray himself will be there with us! and some of our East Village activists. This will be an event from our beloved neighborhood to Ray, a men who has work hard and long and have give back, support, smiles, someone who has protect many of us! today we can give back to him and celebrate the spirit that still lives among us! the spirit that mayor Bloomberg and his politics want to finish, to eradicate ... We will fight against it! Lets get united to celebrate the very beautiful Ray!!! Lets have him for many more years! He'll be our strongest representation... right here in the heart of our little Villlage. please assist, collaborate, The whole East village will be there! So fun...



Contact:
Francisco Valera. 646- 288- 5901 francisco@franciscovalera.com
Barbara R. Lee 347-325-1211 Barbikat60@aol.com


Comments:
yay!
 
Theatre for the New City is on First Ave. Not First St.

Thanks for getting the word out.

NYC tax policy encourages landlords to evict mom & pop shops, because all stores are taxed for the landlords based on prevailing neighborhood store rents, and if you evict a store, you can deduct the lost rent until a cellphone store, a health and beauty aid chainstore, or a bank can move in and pay 4-30x as much per month. That's why closed mom and pop shops units can be vacant for years. It is a solid business decision for the landlords.

- Jared 'the tour-guide' Goldstein
 
Thanks for the info. Bob. This benefit should be fun!!!
 
Is L.E.S. Jewels invited? If so,can we get a pool going on how long it takes for him to ruin the event? ;-)
 
Jewels and Amy came to Mosiac Man's benefit and he was fine..I don't think he will ruin the event!
 
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