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EAST VILLAGE —The fate of independent record stores throughout the city is shaping up to be like that of independent bookstores. That is, obsolete. EV Grieve reports that Big City Records on East 12th Street is closing at the end of the month, due to a raise in the rent—making it the third record shop to close or relocate in the area. [EV Grieve]
ELMHUST—And now, here's the story of the woman who refused to sell her home to Macy's. In the early '60s, Mary Sendek turned down the department store's $200,000 offer to buy her plot of land on Queens Boulevard. Since she stood her ground, literally, Macy's had to build its Elmhust location around her, though "it cost the store its plans to put a landscaped plaza on that corner, and according to planning architect Michael Keselica it had a negative effect on the way the entire building was perceived." It's since relocated down the street. [Places No More via Gothamist]