April 16 – West Side Spirit

April 17 – West Side Rag

Last Sunday, hundreds of residents gathered outside of Food City at 705 Columbus Avenue, joined by City Council Member Gale Brewer, members of Local 338 Retail Wholesale Department Store Union and United Food and Commercial Workers (RWDSU-UFCW), to show their support for the grocery store with over 40 years of doing business on the Upper West Side. Food City has not been given a lease by the owner of the building since 2004 and may be forced to close as a result.

“It’s hard to believe that in this community which is still largely home to working families and retired elderly, we are threatened with the loss of yet another accessible source of affordable food and fresh produce,” said Nick Prigo and Joan Paylo, local Democratic District Leaders from Community Free Democrats. “We ask the LeFrak Organization to be the best of good neighbors by offering a reasonable, long-term lease to Food City so that it can update its equipment and services to our community.”

Photo by Matt Jiggins.