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Endangered Bodegas

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Imagine the East Village with no bodegas. That's the disconcerting future predicted by a report in the NYT's neighborhood blog The Local, which cites a recent survey in which about half of the city's bodega owners said they were at risk of closing, primarily due to rising rents. Upscale grocery chains like the incoming Union Market don't help the situation much, either. And the East Village is a particularly rough place to run a convenience store because it has more retail chains than any neighborhood in New York except Koreatown. (How this is possible in a city that contains Times Square, we do not know.) [The Local; Previously]