Thursday, October 14, 2010

CHCA Pawn Shop Protest Saturday

Everything you know is in the flyer (click on it for a larger image), but to reiterate, the Crow Hill Community Association and Council Member Letitia James are hosting a protest and press rally to oppose the proposed pawn shop at Park and Franklin. The event will take place at high noon on Saturday, October 16, and the organizers are asking for community members to come out and show their support. Some relevant information from the press release:

- In August, burglaries on the west side of the precinct (where Crow Hill is located) were up 600%. Thankfully, these numbers dropped substantially in September, but robbery is still a prevalent problem in the community. A pawn shop makes it even easier for a thief to get rid of stolen electronics and gold. We do not want this incentive in Crow HIll where we have been working effectively with the 77th precinct to reduce crime. (editor's note: property crime - which is frequently violent - already hits up-and-coming neighborhoods particularly hard, and the presence of pawn shops correlates very strongly with rising property crime rates in neighborhoods).

- We were on Franklin Ave on Tuesday, putting up posters and we talked with both store owners and residents, not one person thought the pawn shop was good for our community. That's the good news. The bad news is that many people were not aware that there was a pawn shop opening on Park Place and Franklin. (note: I haven't spoken with a single community member in favor of the pawn shop, either, and given the crime and credit risks these institutions bring to neighborhoods, people should know about their presence and their impact)

I'm not going to tell anyone how to think, and I did my best to give the prospective owner a fair shake. That said, nothing I've read or heard has convinced me that pawn shops don't have a massive negative impact on communities.

14 comments:

  1. This is a joke. Crow Hill and its members dont have any right to do this. Its like the way the mob shakes down stores. Crow Hill only wants their kind of businesses opening. I wanna open a porn shop in the empty hole on EP and let them try to stop me.

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  2. Aww your only saying that because your probably the owner. We all know you are the only person posting the positive comments all over the blogs.


    ppsstt everyone secretly likes porn but no one likes getting robbed.

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  3. For the record, the right of the people to peaceably assemble remains on the books. Provided Crow Hill and the Councilwoman don't assault anybody or smash up the store (or break any other actual laws, and not your proposed 'no boycotting stores' law), they're well within their rights.

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  4. I enjoy this blog, even if I don't live in the neighborhood, but I wonder, though I respect the neighborhood's right to protest, if linking the pawn shop's presence to crime, as if its presence were the only reason more crimes would be committed, isn't a little unreal.
    During the housing boom, as upscale co-ops advertised open houses all through Brooklyn, I wished that at some point, a group of affordable housing advocates might picket one of the open houses, explaining to prospective buyers that rents in the area might be driven up by the newer buildings. But to the best of my knowledge, this never happened.
    I understand and sympathize with people who think the pawn shop is undesirable; on the other hand, I guess if the owner has a right to open, doesn't it have to be respected?

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  5. i like the sex shop idea i might used that open up a nice sex shop in crown hill so all you that have nothing to do can walk in to my sex shop and jerk off

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  6. LaunchPad has no issues against sex shops. In fact, we're in favor of better sex education in society. Go sex shops!

    However, if we were going to promote a sex shop, we'd definitely use better grammar and sentence structure than the clown who imitated us in the previous comment. :-)

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  7. The problem with trying to rip off LaunchPad is a) they have a google account, so it's clear you were faking and b) everyone knows those guys, so it's unconvincing. But, uh, nice try, I guess.

    @ anonymous (in the 4th comment): While I don't agree with you about right to protest or having to respect a shop that opens, I think your point about open housing and affordable housing disappearing very quietly is really important, and gets at one of the problematic issues that surround any political/protest activity (namely, that political activity is privileged to people who have time, connections, and often wealth, and the issues that become "hot" reflect this). That said, I think Crow Hill has done a lot to reach out to a wide variety (both in terms of class and race) of neighborhood residents, and while I wouldn't go so far as to call them "representative," I think they've got a legitimate claim (not the only one) to make on this issue.

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  8. people of crown hillOctober 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Sunnyside group fights on against EZ Pawn

    A group of Sunnyside residents who are opposed to the opening of an EZ Pawn shop on the corner of 46th Street and Queens Blvd. face long odds that their battle will be won.

    In the past week, EZ Pawn has continued to remodel the store; its chief executive David Kaminsky has made it clear that he has no plans to relocate the store; and Louis Macari, the property manager handling the building, said Thursday that the deal is done and nothing is going to change.

    Additionally, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has had difficulty reaching the parties involved in the deal to discuss the matter, according to sources. And Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan is out of town.

    But Sunnyside resident Patricia Dorfman, who is leading the campaign with a core group of residents, is not giving up the fight. She is looking to generate about 2,000 signatures from local residents/businesses owners who are against the opening of the store. While she doesn’t mind pawn shops per se, her issue is that it would be located on one of Sunnyside’s most prominent corners.

    Last week, the group submitted a petition that included 50 names to three elected officials – Van Bramer, Nolan and Congressman Joseph Crowley. Next week, the number of signatures submitted to these elected officials is likely to increase 10-fold.

    During the past week, the group added some nearby business owners to the petition, such as the owners of SideTracks and UPS. Both stores are located directly across the street from the proposed EZ Corp store.

    However, Louis Macari, from the Jackson Heights-based Lewis & Murphy, said that the store is legally able to operate and that these protests are not right. “I don’t understand what people’s concerns are– or what the councilman’s are,” adding that “They can all say what they want.”

    Lewis & Murphy, which was established 60 years ago by Louis’ brother Joseph Macari, manages other properties on the block between 45th and 46th on Queens Blvd.

    Louis Macari said that EZ Pawn has been a good tenant in another building and that he has had a relationship with the company for 6 or 7 years.

    “They run a nice store, have good credit and the lease has been signed; it’s not going to be changed,” he said, “The existing business [on 46th and Queens Blvd] was a disaster and it looked bad.”

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  9. Sunnyside group fights on against EZ Pawn

    A group of Sunnyside residents who are opposed to the opening of an EZ Pawn shop on the corner of 46th Street and Queens Blvd. face long odds that their battle will be won.

    In the past week, EZ Pawn has continued to remodel the store; its chief executive David Kaminsky has made it clear that he has no plans to relocate the store; and Louis Macari, the property manager handling the building, said Thursday that the deal is done and nothing is going to change.

    Additionally, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has had difficulty reaching the parties involved in the deal to discuss the matter, according to sources. And Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan is out of town.

    But Sunnyside resident Patricia Dorfman, who is leading the campaign with a core group of residents, is not giving up the fight. She is looking to generate about 2,000 signatures from local residents/businesses owners who are against the opening of the store. While she doesn’t mind pawn shops per se, her issue is that it would be located on one of Sunnyside’s most prominent corners.

    Last week, the group submitted a petition that included 50 names to three elected officials – Van Bramer, Nolan and Congressman Joseph Crowley. Next week, the number of signatures submitted to these elected officials is likely to increase 10-fold.

    During the past week, the group added some nearby business owners to the petition, such as the owners of SideTracks and UPS. Both stores are located directly across the street from the proposed EZ Corp store.

    However, Louis Macari, from the Jackson Heights-based Lewis & Murphy, said that the store is legally able to operate and that these protests are not right. “I don’t understand what people’s concerns are– or what the councilman’s are,” adding that “They can all say what they want.”

    Lewis & Murphy, which was established 60 years ago by Louis’ brother Joseph Macari, manages other properties on the block between 45th and 46th on Queens Blvd.

    Louis Macari said that EZ Pawn has been a good tenant in another building and that he has had a relationship with the company for 6 or 7 years.

    “They run a nice store, have good credit and the lease has been signed; it’s not going to be changed,” he said, “The existing business [on 46th and Queens Blvd] was a disaster and it looked bad.”

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  10. Sunnyside group fights on against EZ Pawn

    A group of Sunnyside residents who are opposed to the opening of an EZ Pawn shop on the corner of 46th Street and Queens Blvd. face long odds that their battle will be won.

    In the past week, EZ Pawn has continued to remodel the store; its chief executive David Kaminsky has made it clear that he has no plans to relocate the store; and Louis Macari, the property manager handling the building, said Thursday that the deal is done and nothing is going to change.

    Additionally, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has had difficulty reaching the parties involved in the deal to discuss the matter, according to sources. And Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan is out of town.

    But Sunnyside resident Patricia Dorfman, who is leading the campaign with a core group of residents, is not giving up the fight. She is looking to generate about 2,000 signatures from local residents/businesses owners who are against the opening of the store. While she doesn’t mind pawn shops per se, her issue is that it would be located on one of Sunnyside’s most prominent corners.

    Last week, the group submitted a petition that included 50 names to three elected officials – Van Bramer, Nolan and Congressman Joseph Crowley. Next week, the number of signatures submitted to these elected officials is likely to increase 10-fold.

    During the past week, the group added some nearby business owners to the petition, such as the owners of SideTracks and UPS. Both stores are located directly across the street from the proposed EZ Corp store.

    However, Louis Macari, from the Jackson Heights-based Lewis & Murphy, said that the store is legally able to operate and that these protests are not right. “I don’t understand what people’s concerns are– or what the councilman’s are,” adding that “They can all say what they want.”

    Lewis & Murphy, which was established 60 years ago by Louis’ brother Joseph Macari, manages other properties on the block between 45th and 46th on Queens Blvd.

    Louis Macari said that EZ Pawn has been a good tenant in another building and that he has had a relationship with the company for 6 or 7 years.

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  11. this is just pitiful. These are comments from the people accommodated with the pawn shop. They even pretended to be launchpad. Oh god. So pitiful.
    Is this really how you guys fight? Seriously?

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  12. ok lets all stop with the pawn shop we did enoughe now lets all think how to get a porn shop on franklin ave

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