Good supermarkets are a rare find in New York City. Everyone knows where the gross Gristedes and crappy Key Foods are. But those quality supermarkets with low prices and varied selections are diamonds in the rough.
While Food Emporium hardly qualifies as a gourmet supermarket, two of these established were recently spared the wrecking ball on the Upper East Side. The MTA announced they were modifying some of the proposed plans for station entraces along Second Ave. to accommodate community requests to spare the supermarkets. The Sun has more:
Because of the high cost of acquiring the grocer’s retail space, as well as vocal community opposition to the plans, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has unveiled a redesigned station entrance so that it does not have to acquire any space along Second Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets that has been occupied by Food Emporium for almost a decade…
The redesigned station entrance , unveiled to a crowd of relieved Upper East Side residents a few weeks ago, would stand in front of the store instead of replacing it. The new station entrance includes two glass-paneled doors that would open onto a widened sidewalk in front of the store to accommodate foot traffic, officials said.
Another Food Emporium at 63rd Street and Third Avenue, which was to be converted into an escalator and ventilation facility for the subway line, has also been repositioned, a move that saves the supermarket as well as significant dollars for the MTA, a spokesman, Jeremy Soffin, said.
The MTA’s project Website notes the change. It also highlights how the Authority has recently purchased a building with both a Chase bank and a Duane Reade. This building may soon house a subway-related structure, saving the neighborhood from at least one Chase and one Duane Reade.
Meanwhile, David Liston, chair of Community Board 8, was thankful that the MTA opted to go the sensible route in sparing the supermarkets. “It was the source of tremendous relief for our neighborhood,” he said. “There’s no shortage here of high-end stores, but in terms of your basic supermarket with relatively affordable prices, we have very few.”