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It's getting harder and harder to find a good shoe repair shop in this city. First, our favorite Chinatown spot went the way of the condor, and now it looks like another longstanding establishment is shuttering. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York reports that 45-year-old A. Fontana Shoe Repair on 10th Street in the East Village is being forced to close due to rent hikes. The sad story:"...The owner, Mr. Angelo Fontana, told me he'll be gone in about three months. The rent is going too high. 'Soon,' he said of the city, throwing up his hands in futility, 'there will be no more barbershop, no more shoe repair, no more tailor.'" It's a funny coincidence that upon hearing this news, we realized that the boots we're wearing right now were re-heeled by Fontana about a month ago. What a loss.
· A. Fontana Shoe Repair Vanishing: Spring 2008 [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York]