EMP First Sale Capital Assessment

The Board is floating a proposed First Sale Capital Assessment. We don’t see any downside to this but also don’t see how it will help pay for the major improvements EMP needs in the near-term.

There will be informational meetings on Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30pm in the H Community Room.

Undoubtedly, the obstructionists will oppose this just because…


Lyric Diner Redux

After a brief stint as an over-priced Greek restaurant, the storefront at 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue has been restored to the Lyric Diner. Welcome back and we hope the meat loaf is as good as it always was. Take note restauranteurs; You can’t price your food at whatever you want, it has to have some relationship to the value of what you’re offering and your location.


23rd Street Express Chinese Restaurant Vanishes

The 23rd Street Express chinese take-out restaurant on 23rd Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue is gone and has been replaced by Rats! Hopefully, the rats came AFTER the restaurant closed. Maybe if the building owner cleaned up the garbage that’s been lying outside for months now, they wouldn’t have a rat problem! It appears that this building and the one next to have been deserted, Undoubtedly, we will soon have one more faceless, bland luxury high-rise blighting the neighborhood and be losing more ‘affordable housing’! Isn’t there a community board? Is there any such thing as city planning? It seems Real Estate Developers and the resultant banks and drug stores are all that’s going to be left. Any old time stores are rapidly disappearing along with the favor that makes NEW YORK CITY!

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Vercesi Hardware to close

An old-time neighborhood standby, Vercesi Hardware is closing at the end of November. The history of the store which was opened by Paul Vercesi as a sheet music store in 1912 can be seen at http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/10/vercesi-hardware.html

The store became known as 23rd Street Hardware after the owner retired several years ago. 23st_hw-noteThe building was sold, will be demolished and turned into yet another luxury high-rise.

We have discovered that the The Xavier Society for the Blind in the adjoining building will be relocating and that building will be knocked down as well.

It is odd that every politico that has jurisdiction over EMP stopped us from going private in the name of ‘Affordable Housing’ yet they let thousands of 5-6 story building that people can afford to live in be knocked down by wealthy developers to be replaced by expensive condos. Why is it that EMP’s 750 apartments are the only answer to affordable housing? How about standing up to rich developers?




Anti’s slur on the memory of Jerry Fox

The hard-working and well liked President of our Board of Directors passed away tragically and unexpectedly 2 weeks ago. It didn’t take the Anti’s long to get out a memo referring to several events occurring recently as an opportunity to elect a board with new Directors that wouldn’t be the same, entrenched, people and to elect those who would not turn us backward and be fiscally responsible.

Jerry loved and worked very hard for EMP and put a great deal of his time and effort doing what he thought was right for EMP, doing what 2/3’s of the shareholder wanted and trying to keep EMP from becoming a dilapidated mess!

Whatever you opinion on privatization, be it misguided or not, have a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!

You anti’s should be ashamed of yourselves!