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With Williamsburg institutions like Bedford Avenue's Deli Mart and the Bagel Store in trouble, Curbed wonders whether commercial tenants deserve rent-control–style protections from rapacious landlords. Last year City Council almost considered the Small Business Survival Act, but Council Speaker Christine Quinn shot it down. Even if the bill returns in 2011 as promised, it sounds like it won't pass, meaning boutiques will probably be left to the cruel whims of the free market for the foreseeable future. [Curbed NY]