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It’s Official! Waldbaums Building Acquired By Queens Grocer JMart

Ready or not, the Queens-based gourmet supermarket JMart is coming to New Utrecht Avenue.

The grocer’s bid on the shuttered Waldbaums location was approved and finalized by a bankruptcy court judge Monday, according to court documents.

Dubbed a “cook’s paradise” by Time Out New York, Jmart is a full-service supermarket that offers a wide selection of international food products with a focus on Asian cuisine, including from the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, China, and Japan.

A lawyer for Jmart said the closing would take place this month, but it is unclear when the new supermarket will open, since renovations will be needed on the building.

“We hope to open a supermarket that serves the entire community, which means there is going to be an Asian element,” said PC Cheng, one the lawyers representing the supermarket’s owners.

A casualty of A&P’s recent bankruptcy filing, Bensonhurst’s 37-year-old Waldbaums closed in November, leaving 70 employees out of work. At the time, politicians and community member rallied outside the store — which was tied up in bankruptcy court — calling for the location to remain a supermarket.

We have seen some pushback from community members who claim that the neighborhood is oversaturated with Asian markets, and petition circulated last month pleading with gourmet food mecca Trader Joe’s to bid on the space. In response to the petition — which included some explicitly anti-Asian comments — a Trader Joe’s spokesperson told us that opening a location in Bensonhurst was “not in the company’s two-year plan.”

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  1. I hope they carry Wagyu Beef, Berkshire Pork, Bell & Evans Chicken, Benton’s Hams, GMO-Free produce and grains, a large craft beer selection and lots of other local artisan products like Brooklyn Brine, Cold Brew, Kings County Distillery, Empire Mayonnaise, Anarchy in a Jar and more. Plus eat in/take out options of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken & Doughnut Planet!! I’ve never heard of JMart… but hope they offer many wonderful high-end products.

  2. Well hopefully you can persuade such food places to come to our neighberhood, it doesn’t look like they want to come here…

  3. I agree with Smoonyc….you won’t find any of that in a JMart. Everything you named is sold under brand names that typically don’t get ordered/stocked by Asian supermarkets. You won’t get wagyu beef, you’ll get random Chinese farm grown beef, same with the hams and chicken. You will not get anything organic.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love all of those products as well, but the predominantly Chinese community here doesn’t eat those things as much as the non-Chinese community that is left, does. That means having these Chinese markets paying high fees and premiums to stock premium food with a premium name. There are hundreds of other Chinese supermarkets that compete with each other int he area already….so why would an establishment like JMart carry any of these products and risk profit loss in a neighborhood that is lower-to-middle class?

  4. They don’t……Trader Joes already released a public statement saying that although they appreciate the demands, their location openings are not decided by feedback from the community. Like any other successful business, they crunch the numbers and realize anything non-Chinese would be a failure for their figures.

  5. So I take it you consider the “cash money” these Asians claim to have as a fallacy? Similar to the entire Chinese economy? Lower-to-middle class…living in million dollar homes? That seems ironic does it not?

  6. Crunch the numbers? You do realize that WholeFoods on 3rd & 3rd is getting a majority of Brooklyn’s shoppers now. In the most polluted section of the Gowanus Canal at that. Where it was below “middle to lower income” residents. Point being, the “local” residents don’t mean squat when it comes to opening a store like that. NYC as a whole has the demand. Brooklyn has the demand. Any sort of high end super market, be it Asian, Russian, American, Norwegian, whatever.. will attract customers from the entire borough, not just Bensonhurst. Notice I travel almost 8 miles by car to do my shopping… and I am clearly not alone. The store is packed on a daily basis.

  7. If you want to revisit this post in one year and make a bet with me that Whole Foods won’t go bankrupt, I’d gladly accept a friendly bet here.

    Aside from that, I’d like to respond to your first reply. If you can chart or maybe explain how much ‘cash money’ is floating around Asian Bensonhurst homes and include those that ‘claim’ to have it, I’d like to compare those numbers with the general demographic and census results of Bensonhurst, as a whole. If you are implying that these Asian families have so much money floating around, as you say they are ‘claiming’ this, and that they are living in million dollar homes, how come I see two things in a majority of these families scenarios:

    1. Illegal partitioning and additions to homes for extra rooms or basement apartments that are illegal – if they have so much money, why not spread the wealth and have congested family members live in homes that actually fit to code? I mean, you are ‘claiming’ there is so much cash floating around, cash can help with that.

    2. This is more of a personal opinion that comes with decades of experience of living in this borough – How come families living in ‘million dollar homes’ still come to my home and my neighbors homes digging through the Recycling section of the trash to collect hundreds of bottle and cans to exchange for deposits? If they have so much cash floating around, why do they need to suffer in freezing temperatures in the middle of the night or early morning just to collect about a hundred dollars worth of cans and/or bottles? If there is a cause to every effect, then what is the cause for the effect of this collecting? I just don’t understand, and I do not, personally, buy the excuse of ‘ Asians are traditionally extremely frugal living families.’

    I also want to call you out on your claim that a particular Whole Foods is getting a ‘majority’ of Brooklyn shoppers. The adjective ‘majority’ is subjective relative to a number you must be thinking of. I’d gladly look over demographics to this store in particular, relative to other competitive stores in the area. Especially since it doesn’t help that recent financials of Whole Foods, not to mention their recent quarterly earnings report, seem to show the corporation in growingly dire straits. Although I agree with you that demand does fuel supply, Bensonhurst is a rapidly growing area to which Econ 101 simply does not do justice. My very borough, unfortunately in my opinion, just does not offer any attractions to shoppers in neighboring communities. We need additional attractions in order to bring big corporations. Bensonhurst has historically been a mom-and-pop establishment community, and the same values carry to this day – the only difference being that the demographics is predominantly Asian now, rather than Italian and Eastern European. As I mentioned in my previous post, Trader Joes already respectfully declined to open a location, even as their business is growing at an extremely rapid and rigorous pace, not to mention the same values apply for their ongoing popularity. This just goes to validate my explanation to help people understand that corporations, especially successful ones a la Trader Joes, need a guaranteed projection of profiable revenue. – And I agree with Trader Joes, quite frankly. I just do not see the current demographic, which we can all agree is hugely favorable to local mom-and-pop Asian grocery marts, shifting their shopping from their locally imported food that reminds them of home, to an Americanized array/menu that frequently clashes with traditionally Asian cuisines. This includes the shoppers in neighboring communities, which may i add, are also rapidly growing Asian communities.

  8. What are you talking about WF going bankrupt? You think the 3rd & 3rd location is going to close its doors a year from today? I will gladly take that bet if you are implying such.
    The only other viable option is the Trader Joes on Atlantic Ave./Court St. Which is also a mob scene every day. That is why Wegmans is opening its first NYC location at the Navy Yard in 2017… and Whole Foods is opening another location on Bedford Ave… 6 blocks from another Trader Joes… both set to open in 2016.
    And my “chart” as to the ‘cash money’ from the area is from no place other than Facebook and this very websites comment section. The Asian population proclaiming that they are taking over and buying everything from the Italians. That Italians “took the money and ran”.
    That is the real question though, DO they have the money they proclaim? Which just goes to prove my point. Bensonhursts issues are not ethnicity based, it is a money issue. It went from affluent to the slums in a matter of years. If the Asians truly have money, Id like to see them spending it here. Thus the need for more luxury stores and options to see what’s really going on around here.
    Honestly you would never find any demographics to match that of who actually is in Bensonhurst. With the amount of “owners” living in other states just using the property as rentals; to the amount of illegals living 10 families deep in a 3 family home. Numbers will never match reality in the neighborhood and that is fact. Also why the school system is destroyed in the area.. over populated b/c no one actually knows who or what is living where. And maybe where you are in Bensonhurst is just an Asian population… but between 65th and 75th between 16th & 14th… it is all Spanish. Which is why I do not care WHO comes to the area, as long as they are affluent and continue to drive property values up. I can not settle for only a $1mil valuation, I want that number to climb to $4 and $5million.
    The current property assessment values are most certainly putting houses in the million dollar+ range. Maybe not yours.. but Id bet if you own a 3 level home, its pretty close.
    To address your major issue in the area…. the can collectors. It’s two fold. On one hand it is good for the community that there is a group of people who out-perform the Sanitation Department of NYC. The only trash you don’t find blowing around in the streets are bottles & cans. The problem is when they rip open bags and allow the rest of the garbage to flood out on the streets and when they enter your private property to do so. Other than that, let them collect the cans. It is just another form of government aid. And for people who cant legally work or are old, this is a pretty good gig. Notice its 99% old Asian women? They wouldn’t be working anyway, yet they support their grandchildren’s entire college education with the money and do their part to pick up. Look at it this way… I do plenty of things in life to make extra money, even though I don’t “need it”… its called hustling. I’m sure you do the same. You cant take that away from them.
    What’s truly shocking is the comments you and others make about Asians shopping preferences. I have been to China… the cities make NYC look like its still 1950. They have Rolex, Gucci and every other luxury brand you could imagine. They have shopping malls that blow ours out of the water. They have the most amazing French food from Michelin Star chefs. Starbucks is expanding at rapid pace. Their airlines have the most luxurious first class options in the world. Their buildings are taller and more modern than ours. Their trains are faster and better equipped. The Chinese are buying American/European wine collections at such high mark ups its not even funny. They are buying art at an extreme pace. Fancy sports cars. The list goes on and on. Asians love luxury consumer goods. In fact, it is something both Asians and Italians have in common… wine, art & fashion. And if they want the goods from back home… Kobe Beef & Rock Lobster are a perfect start.
    What’s sad is that in such an Asian area… there is not a single high end Asian restaurant even.
    What you seem to want is to keep Bensonhurst ‘the slums’. You say nothing to help bring about or promote a change. You seem to want no affluence in the area, which is shocking to say the least. I have no problem with Asians, Spanish, Italians, Irish, etc… I just want the poor out of the area. When you live in a million dollar home, you don’t want day laborers on your corner, trash blowing down the street, hoodlums hanging at bodegas, graffiti on walls, or .99c stores.
    Bensonhurst is not just 18th Ave and 86th Street. Other areas of Brooklyn have made changes and started in a much worse way. One does not need to move to be granted these things. It is 2016 and America… we are the wealthiest nation on Earth.. it’s time to act like it.

  9. Regarding WF – they are going to go bankrupt or get bought out. They are now worth lower than they were at Initial Public Offering price, and due to the looming economy, have suffered losses at the expense of flat wages across America with ever so growing inflation.

    Regarding Trader Joes and Wegmans – i would LOVE to see these stores in Bensonhurst, but unfortunately we have to come to terms that the neighborhood is not ready for one of these stores. We are in the minority, unfortunately.

    Regarding the neighborhood’s current state – I agree with you on the overcrowded schools, however, I am willing to look past that slightly because the culture and the safety concerns have greatly benefited from the recent influx of Asian children…compared to some of the other nationalities that also go to the same schools.

    Regarding the can collectors – I like the fact that they are doing good to the environment, but let my tax dollars pay the sanitation to do it. And as far as the Chinese people being environmentally concerned….please explain the poluution and smog problem in China if they care about the environment so much?

    Regarding the shopping – It is very simple. Bensonhurst is not Beijing. Bensonhurst is not Guangzhou. It is not Shenzen. It is just not comparable. You might see Gucci and Fendi in China….but is it real? Who knows? Are you an expert? If i see a Chinese woman on my block with a Gucci handbag, but wearing walmart jeans and generic 99c store flip flops, do you think that they invested a thousand dollars on that handbag? Same goes to sunglasses, shoes, accessories, fashion in general. There is a big culture and price difference. Also, in China, there is factory money. They have money there, and then they come here with it. But they come here and spend that money on a million dollar home, after working almost their entire lives for that million dollars. They are not living the wealthy dream here either, trust me.

    To conclude this, this isn’t meant as a battle, moreso of a collision of opinions. I want nothing but the best for my neighborhood, just as you do, but please do not be blind to the facts. If you are not from Bensonhurst, you do not want to move to Bensonhurst, unless you are Chinese. Why? Because Wikipedia already lists Bensonhurst as ‘Little Chinatown.’ Go look it up for yourself. We are uninviting of any race or culture BESIDES Chinese, to be honest. Don’t expect any major changes soon. Don’t expect any rapid Americanization either, unfortunately, I think we are headed in the opposite direction.

  10. Bottom line.. .Bensonhurst has a very unique opportunity right now. They have the ability to obtain the wealthy Asian immigrants to this country. The base is set… it is just now bringing the money to Bensonhurst and not pushing it away to other neighborhoods that are willing to offer what the wealthy Chinese want.

  11. Your comments make it seem as though there are no wealthy or affluent people living in Asia or that immigrated to the US. Which is certainly false. Why not attract the wealth to Bensonhurst? To “Little Chinatown”. Wall Street has plenty of Asian investors living in NYC. Let them live in Bensonhurst and provide the lifestyle that they desire. You are pretty quick to jump to the conclusion that Asians all have “fake” designer products. Is it to hard for you to believe that some have money? I see the Lexus, Mercedes, BMW that are showing up in the neighborhood. Or are those just Fords with a different emblem?
    And I never once said they were doing the can collecting for the environment. That is just a lucky coincidence.
    Like I said, we have an opportunity to bring the money to town. But it wont come until there is a reason to do so.

  12. This is upsetting news. Now, my family has to open membership at BJ or drive further to shop at Stop and Shop.

  13. It does appear pretty ironic, but the reason that lower-to-middle class Chinese are able to live in million dollar homes is because they tend to split ownership among their families (that is, multiple people chip in to buy one house).

  14. That’s because people like the brand and its organic products, so they’re willing to travel…and if I recall correctly, that area is gentrified now, which probably drew Whole Foods there in the first place.

  15. I agree with your argument. Too bad people are still going to be bitter about not having anything remotely hipster around here any time soon.

  16. Hm, when was Bensonhurst affluent? It has always been middle-class, even before Asians came here, but it isn’t the slums.

  17. I admit that as a Chinese-American currently living in Bensonhurst, I do take issue with the older Chinese generation’s not making any effort to assimilate. Hopefully in time newer and Americanized generations will make the neighborhood more harmonious and inviting.

  18. I think the extremely wealthy Chinese investors are buying real estate in Manhattan right now, while neighborhoods like Bensonhurst are for normal Chinese folks who are fresh off the boat.

  19. Most of the new construction started after WF deal was in place. Now it is full blown gentrified, except for the Muslim school and Verizon facility, which do not fit and I’m sure will be gone soon. WF was the catalyst for change along the actual canal. Before it was all done closer to Smith St.

  20. That’s why this community needs to go “fishing” and do whatever it takes to lure them from Manhattan.

    Look at 65th street. BRAND NEW Audi dealership… Across from a Lexus dealership. Middle class does not own those types of cars. People who are upper middle to wealthy do.

    And I’m positive Audi “crunched” the numbers to make sure it was profitable.

    It’s crazy to think Audi can make it in the area but Whole Foods can’t.

  21. Everyone (and even native New Yorkers) wants to live in Manhattan, so those who can afford to obviously buy property there. They have no incentive to come to an outer borough, let alone its southernmost point.

  22. I really love it when people from other places come to one of the oldest and greatest cities in America, and tell us what we need to do. Please, take it all, point it toward a real slum city in need, like Detroit, and stop trying to remake Brooklyn into Portland. If Brooklyn sucks so hard, what kind of loser chooses to move here?

  23. The same kind that came from Holland, Italy and China?

    I’ve never been to Portland or Detroit, are they nice?

  24. Let’s get the argument straight. You want luxury stores in a middle, working, and lower class neighborhood? The Chinese in China are rich not here. Give it another 10-25 years if America still allows immigration. (If Trump does not get elected.) Then you get those filthy rich Chinese moving in. This will definitely drive the houses even higher and lastly the whole NYC will shift. I repeat. America runs with the blood of immigrants. These new money will definitely help the economy. The Chinese is the untapped market. You guys hate but they will be the money bag in the future. Learn to accept this and good fortune may come. Those smart are already doing this. The middle class sold their houses couple years ago cashed out and belongs to the upper middle class now. The working class will only get behind. Income inequality is real.

  25. As a Chinese-American I disagree with you. I think it’s a cultural thing. An America issue that needs to be addressed properly. Asian countries like China and South Korea have very traditional manners. They treat elders with respect. The Chinese cultural revolution screw a bunch of my people up for sure. Screw MTV and it’s shitty drug and sexual propaganda. Instill more conservative values without God or just spiritual.

  26. No, because those people honestly believed Brooklyn would be a great place to live. Not people who view it as a slum, but came here anyway.

    Portland would be great for you. It’s full of all the superficial crap you think makes for a nice place to live. Detroit, with its deep fiscal woes, and mass-exodus would be a great place for you to try to “save”. Brooklyn doesn’t need saving.

  27. I am not saying they should abandon their traditional manners. They can absolutely do that with their family and friends, but in the public sphere, I think they should conduct themselves in a way that aligns with the country’s culture (e.g. learning to speak English). It is like the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

    I hope you know MTV or anything depicted on television for that matter does not accurately portray the United States.

  28. 5 star restaurants? Lexus, Audi, Mercedes dealerships? High end groceries? Gucci & Rolex stores? Wanting property values to increase 5-10x? THAT’S wanting and attracting hipsters?!?

    Either the definition of hipster has changed, or you are actively seeking to keep property values down.

    And you’ve taught me wealthy Asians are considered “hipsters” in your mind.

  29. My property value has grown 3x in the past five years. It’s on a lovely upward trend, thanks to the Asians. But, since I never plan to sell, it really will only benefit my children, should they sell when I’m gone.

    There are plenty of quality car dealerships around – Bensonhurst Chevrolet is expanding and building a new showroom right now. But, yeah, I’m not impressed with luxury cars. No car should cost more than $40,000, and we should all drive American-made cars. No sneaker should cost more than $40. No watch should cost more than $20. People who buy based on brands and high prices are idiots.

    We are a working-class neighborhood, and don’t need high-end groceries. We need affordable meat and produce, and brands we recognize and enjoy (regardless of ethnicity). We don’t need phony labels like “organic”, “artistinal”, “craft” to bleed our money away with no advantages in nutrition or quality.

    I’ve yet to meet an Asian in my neighborhood who is looking to have those type of stores in our area. I’ve met Asian hipsters, though, and they are just as superficial as non-Asian hipsters.

  30. How can you be satisfied with only 3x growth???? That’s great that YOU don’t want luxury items in the area, but I know plenty who do. Who are you to tell others what things should or shouldn’t cost? My Asian neighbors ARE looking for those type of stores…as are my European neighbors. They drive Lexus and BMW.. they carry nice handbags and wear nice shoes. They have been in the area for generations now and have money. The goal is options for ALL. Currently all the real money leaves Bensonhurst and spends elsewhere. And all of things you mention as to be “needed here”, we already have! There are options for cheap things… but nothing greater.

    You and I have a much different view on both how our local community/economy (I’d also imagine our entire country) should be run.

    Economic growth should never slow or stop. You seem close minded in terms of change to accomplish that. My family came here in 1620, so do not talk to me about “how things should be”. No one is entitled to keeping neighborhoods the same. People change, areas change, identities change. Like I said, I enjoy all nationalities in the area, what I do not like is the lack of growth, stimulus and modernization. Which is all part of the American framework. The rest of Brooklyn is moving forward, and since we all pay the same tax dollars to this city, I want to see that money spent here and movement as well. Attract businesses and economic growth!!

    If you have some other sort of economic plan to bring home values in to the $3-5million range, please be my guest and lay it out. I am all ears. If not, you are in no position to tell others how the area should move forward economically and in to the future. If you’ve been here 2 months or 100 years, it does not matter!! And trust me.. your children will thank you for a bigger pay day. Stop being such a Scrooge.

  31. I’m looking for the neighborhood’s residents to match its property values. I have no care as to what race, religion or creed they are. Just that they all share the same common goal to raise the value of the area forever. This is all just a “chicken or the egg” conversation. You think people with money come first. I say high end businesses come first. A better saying for this scenario would be, “If you build it, they will come”

  32. Considering that bank interest today is less than .5 of 1 percent, yes, i think 300% growth in my real estate over 3 years is just fine. And I do expect it to continue growing. I won’t object to that, but I have no need to expedite it. The men in my family generally live to near 100. I’ve got a long life expectancy ahead of me, and I’m comfortable awaiting what comes of it.

    If luxury and unchecked growth becomes the norm, then we are in trouble. Wages and income don’t even keep up with current growth and consumer pricing. Get the growth you expect, and we’ll be awash in homeless families and shuttered businesses.

    You may be right about my goals. I’ve never been mercenary. I was raised to appreciate what I have, not to waste money on luxury items that afford nothing more than “status”, and to be charitable with my money. A Rolex tells time no better than a Timex or Casio, though it tells me a lot about the wearer, and what it tells me about them is not complimentary. It speaks of someone with no self-esteem, who needs overpriced chotskies to feel good about themselves, or proud of their accomplishments.

    A good bit of the money I save by buying reasonably priced items that last a long time goes to charitable causes. And yes, I think anyone who more than necessary to live a reasonable lifestyle should either give the excess away, or reconsider their habits. A wise man said the same thing 2000 years ago, and he was right.

    Change is inevitable, as we are seeing now with the transition of Bensonhurst. But, there have to remain neighborhoods where people of modest means and modest desires can live without being looked down on by their so-called “betters”. Bensonhurst is working- and middle-class, and it should remain so. If people want to shop for luxury, there are plenty of places they can go in Brooklyn and NYC to find it. They don’t need Gucci shops on the corner of 86th and Bay 25th.

    Yes, we’ll clearly disagree on matters economic. Best of luck with your pipedream.

  33. I’m guessing you don’t watch Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel.

    I’ve never had dog or cat, but turtle is very tasty in a soup. Mild texture like chicken, but with a slight fishy note on the palette. And chicken feet are really good for your skin, for all the collagen in them.

    These foods are no more or less disgusting than tripe, or gefilte fish, or the squirrel and nutria that Southerners eat. Just a different form of protein.

  34. Admittedly, I’m confused. If the people living here don’t match the property values, then how did they buy their homes? How did they open and maintain their local businesses? They money is here. They just don’t care if they get their luxury goods from another neighborhood or from the Internet. (And let’s be honest, we are lucky to have any brick-and-mortar businesses at all, and we’re not dodging streets lined with nothing but Fresh Direct, UPS and FedEx trucks, and watching the sun get blocked out by drones.)

    What you are looking for are superficial tokens of prosperity, not goods and services necessary to the actual residents. You can’t raise the value of the area forever. At some point, another group will come along (my money is on Arabs and Muslims), and the neighborhood will change again. And it will be the same discussion all over again.

  35. As others have already pointed out…some Asians are splitting the high priced home costs with multiple families. Which may or may not be fully legal. THIS is a very negative thing for any community to have happen b/c it screws up the very basis of the local economy.
    Some simply have lived here since the 60s and 70s. Buying their houses for $60-80k. Smart investment.
    I think a majority of people are renting in the area.. and do not have enough capital to afford their own home.
    You also have some NY’ers & Asians who have money and can afford a million dollar home and just want a driveway and to be in Brooklyn. Its really as simple as that.
    And to mock your Rolex comment from before… take any Rolex from the past… see how much its worth today. These are called investments. Your watch tells time.. mine tells time and makes money.
    Isn’t it sad that people have to order from Fresh Direct b/c they do not have local products available that match in quality?

  36. Again, you equate increased financial value with actual value. Not at all equivalent. A Rolex on one’s wrist is only worth the time it tells. Once dropped or lost, it has zero financial value. In the meanwhile, all it’s worth is the time it tells, and the ersatz boost it gives to one’s ego.

    People do have quality equal to or better than Fresh Direct in the local markets. They are just too snobby, entitled and lazy to go to the store.

  37. It doesn’t affect you , so don’t capitulate how important some things are to certain people. I’m sure your mother taught you that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all. And if she didn’t teach you that, then I truly feel sorry for you.

  38. Hm, totally contradicted yourself by writing a comment like that. Instead of attacking my character and defending the real bigots, look at the website’s comments. There have been many anti-Asian comments posted on this site (see the one above this?), but I do not see you going after those people…kind of shows where you stand on this, doesn’t it?

  39. It does affect me because I live in this neighborhood, and I already admitted in another page that I am not happy about the Chinese markets that are flooding Bensonhurst. However, I am not griping about it as if it is the end of the world, like some people are here, and announcing I am leaving.

  40. You must be talking about your mother !! Ignorant asshole !! Learn something new!! Learn to shut the F88k Up.. Go get educated u moron !!

  41. Great. Just what this neighborhood needs. Yet another Asian supermarket. If Key Food stores goes under, I’ll either have to move or starve.

  42. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. Caucasian here and I’ve watched my neighborhood quickly become completely unrecognizable. Only Key Food remains within walking distance from my home and if they go under, I’ll have to move. This is ridiculous. I’m all for immigration but what the hell? Can’t they even try just a little to remember that there are some of us still living here, still haven’t sold out, that might just not be comfortable with an all-Asian marketplace 24/7 everywhere you turn? How about a little something for the rest of us? Or is it be design? Starve us out, one building at a time?

  43. I do understand your concern, but at the same time I believe you are being a bit dramatic and pessimistic. There appears to be a sense among Caucasian-Americans and particularly Italian-Americans that Bensonhurst has always been theirs and theirs alone, which is not the case. It is home to all who came to America from other countries for better lives, including your very own predecessors, who I am sure were once in the same shoes as the newer immigrants nowadays.

    I also get what you mean when you say our neighborhood is quickly becoming “unrecognizable,” but that is called change. The demographics of a community is always and constantly changing, and we cannot stop it. I see comments from older residents claiming that Bensonhurst used to be a beautiful and quaint community composed of Italian-Americans (correct me if I’m wrong), and I admit that this is no longer the case. The community has become a bustling and somewhat hectic mixture of foreign restaurants and shops, but is that necessarily bad? Isn’t that what defines America, a melting pot of people from diverse backgrounds who are able to live together peacefully? I always thought we Americans, especially we native New Yorkers, pride ourselves for not being a homogeneous nation but rather a heterogeneous and multicultural one. The bottom line is change does not automatically mean bad. It does not necessarily have to be an “us vs. them” scenario as you make it out to be here.

    …however, on a side note, I actually do agree with you on the supermarket situation. There are too many Chinese supermarkets next to or in close proximity to each other. I would like to see different businesses succeed besides markets, no matter Caucasian or non-Caucasian. I would like a crepe or yogurt place around 86th, but Cup O Yogurt closed.

  44. That old walbaum WAS a racist store. I am SO glad to see those bullshits get a hard kick in their tight assholes! Fuck off and Get lost!

  45. They are long gone. I noticed this week that construction has begun in earnest at the site. New girders are up for the expansion of the sales floor. It is good to see that the new owner is not rushing to open, but is making meaningful changes. Though, he hasn’t begun towing cars from the lot, as the signs have been threatening since February.

  46. Bensonhurst is still attracting people of all ethnic groups as well as Chinese. The Chinese are assimilating quickly and their children are becoming very Americanized. Also, Bensonhurst is attracting young professionals priced out of Park Slope. As an aside, the Chinese are very tolerant people – we can learn from them.

  47. Tons to write if you want to hear them all. Can tell that is the biggest reason why they are doomed. Those stupid jackass attitudes. Hope they all live in hell now! Would throw tons of rotten eggs down the hole of hell on those stupid moron heads!

  48. Obviously you don’t live around central park south or Columbus circle. So quit dreaming and you might not as depressed everyday due to complaining about 3rd world food!

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