116th Needs Help

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Dear Editor:

While on 116th Street recently, I noticed the deplorable condition of what was once The Lawrence Hotel. The roof looks like it’s going to slide right off onto the sidewalk. I think the building should be condemned and demolished. I know it’s well over one hundred years old. Parts of the roof are breaking away and angling onto the street. And with summer due in a few months and more people heading to the beach, it could prove dangerous.

Eventually I think 116th Street will cease as a commercial strip and become all residential, as we have two condos with more on the way. There are around 45 stores on 116th Street but 27 of them are closed. Most people do their shopping online these days. You really have to sell needed items or a service that people need in order to survive on 116th Street.

James Murray

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