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Bay Ridge Key Food to close

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Shoppers in the southern part of Bay Ridge will be left with just one supermarket thanks to the imminent closure of the Key Food on Third Avenue.

“I’m very upset,” said Ruth Bedell, on hearing that the supermarket at the corner of 95th Street will become a Walgreens drug store.

“There were only two supermarkets on this end [of the neighborhood]. The lines at Food Town [on 90th Street] will be really long!”

A store manager, who was ironically standing in front of a “Certificate of Appreciation” from state Sen. Marty Golden, refused to talk, telling a Brooklyn Paper reporter to call the company’s office in Long Island. That call was not returned.

Golden spokesman John Quaglione said the pain would not only be felt by shoppers.

“The store supported our Halloween walk and our summer concert series,” he said.

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Oliver from Bay Ridge says:
Great article, Gersh

Always itching to know what Mr. and Mrs. Pin-Head think.

Why don't you try actually writing a story? Grill some of the self-appointed business shills in this neighborhood like Pat Condren, and Basile Kapetinakis as to why a growing community like Bay Ridge (with at least 500 more units of housing on the horizon in the next 5 years) can't support a vibrant supermarket?
May 2, 2008, 11:13 am
ann from Bay Ridge says:
And these are probably the same people that said no to the proposed greenmarket because they're too concerned about where they'll park when they go to church... on Saturday.
May 2, 2008, 4:37 pm
Kip from Bay Ridge says:
This is a travesty!

How can anyone contemplate destroying one of the most architecturally significant supermarkets in southern Bay Ridge!

The market, built in 1972 by renowned architectural firm "Allied Construction Associates LLP. PC. Inc. Corp." is one of the last best examples of post-deadhead, neolithic modern architecture in Bay Ridge.

- Kip , Committee to Save Key Food Supermarket
May 3, 2008, 8:51 pm
Kip from Bay Ridge says:
What would the flying spaghetti monster do, Gersh?

That is the question.

Christianity, Shmish-tianity!

Churches are not "private property". They are public institutions governed by the State Religious Corporations Law and the Not-for-Profit Corporations Law, overseen by the State Attorney General, and regulated by the State Supreme Court, notwithstanding the loophole that barred the State's Attorney from the King's County Supreme Court when the BRUMC, one of a handful of "most-favored churches" in New York State, got an ex parte order authorizing the sale of the Green Church.

Yes, you heard that right: an elite group of churches, including the Catholic Church and the UMC, can legally shut the courthouse door against the Attorney General.

When aging, dwindling congregations, holding some of the last prime development parcels in New York City, are being sweated by realtors and developers like hot teenaged girls, that loophole in the Religious Corporations Law needs to be closed, now. The Attorney General must have the right to appear and represent the people of the State of New York when any church in New York State wants to sell off all of its real estate.

"Separation of church and state" refers only to two things: the establishment and the free exercise of religion. You have the right to establish your own church and to worship your own God. That's religion, not commerce.

Some choose to worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and that's OK, here in America.
May 4, 2008, 6:17 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
There are already so many pharmacies, can they really all be profitable?

The big problem for local supermarkets though are monster chain shops like Costco in sunset park.
May 5, 2008, 9:49 am
Cookie Moster from Bay Ridge says:
Where am i going to get my cookies!!

On a serious note Bay Ridge is not the Bay Ridge that I grew up in. All it is now is big chain stores and more apartment buildings. Its a joke to see how many apt buildings there are in such a small space. Food Town will raise prices and longer lines will follow. Why do we have a Senator? All Marty is a "fur catcher" going around giving out promises and smoozing with people over 85. Marty get your head outta ur a** and do something instead of running over old ladies on 3rd ave.
May 5, 2008, 3:28 pm
Joey from Bay Ridge says:
Where are our elected officals at this most important time?
May 5, 2008, 3:40 pm

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