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Disappearing Bodega/Corner Store#2

September 16, 2008



        This one was located on the corner of Gates ave. and St.James place. They’ve been closed about eight years now due to a fire. When it first happened there was speculation that there was something shady about the fire being that store owners just signed a new lease. It was furthered fueled by the fact that it took almost ten years to renovate.

         My most vivid memory of this store is taking my oldest daughter there to get a snack for her very first day of school…and everyday thereafter! The bodega was run by a Dominican family who all chipped in so it was very common to get served by a pre-teen behind the counter(check ya’ change before leaving the store! lol).  I wish them all the best and hope the rumors were just that..rumors!  I’m sure everyone has a wishlist of prospective businesses, let’s see how long it stays vacant after eight years of “renovation”.


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