Via East End Beacon
East Hampton is one of the few towns around where you won’t find a McDonalds or a Burger King, but that doesn’t mean chain stores haven’t been able to get a foothold.
A 7-Eleven franchise that opened in Montauk became the highest grossing 7-Eleven in the nation last year, and since then, 7-Eleven has made inroads in downtown Amagansett.
East Hampton’s planning department rescinded a building permit issued in January for the Amagansett store, saying it would need site plan review, and has since quickly drafted a series of proposed code changes that would severely limit the locations where so-called “formula businesses” can operate in town.
Continue reading East Hampton Gets an Earful on Formula Stores [East End Beacon]
Via Epoch Times
“Zipper” airs on WNET/13 in New York on Monday, April 28, at 10 p.m. The film is also available on Amazon Instant and is soon to be released on Google Play.
NEW YORK—Coney Island is one of America’s most iconic amusement parks. But Coney Island has suffered from neglect over the years. Neglect from the city, from developers, and from those who ravaged the park in the 1980s and ’90s when the crime rate in the city was at an all-time high.
During the Bloomberg era (2002–2014), the land in Coney Island became attractive to developers, who saw it as a golden ticket to a Six-Flags-like amusement park reconstruction and condos surrounding it. But the Bloomberg administration didn’t want to let go of the precious opportunity of making a fortune in tax dollars and land-use fees, and so began the battle for rezoning parts of Coney Island as residential areas.
It was at this time that filmmaker Amy Nicholson stumbled on an article about Eddie Miranda, the proud owner of the famed Zipper ride at Coney Island’s amusement park.
Straight-talking Brooklynite Miranda was in the process of mourning the loss of the park space that was sectioned off for redevelopment, and the ending of his lease on the park’s land.
The Zipper looks like an army tank’s caterpillar tracks with attached cabins that hold two people at a time. It sent people screaming and squealing as their change and metro cards went flying before it shut down in 2007 after Miranda lost his lease.
Nicholson, who loved riding the Zipper in Baltimore where she grew up, decided to tell the story of the ride in Coney Island through a short film, which she started in 2006. But after an interview with Domenic Recchia, who was then council member of Coney Island’s District 47, she realized that Coney Island, not only the ride, faced major changes.
“It was just like a typical documentarian—once you get a hold of something, you just keep following it,” Nicholson said in an April 15 phone interview.
“Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride” is the result of six years of research, pursuing officials, interviewing stakeholders, and talking to the Zipper crew—the people who lived and worked around the park their entire lives.
Choosing to direct and fund the project herself while working a full-time job, Nicholson set out to expose the greed and the politics encircling the coveted land of Coney Island’s amusement park.
Continue reading ‘Zipper’ Film Chronicles the Battle Over Coney Island [Epoch Times]
SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) — There was a big victory on Friday for some neighbors in San Mateo that fought the opening of a 7-Eleven store.
The city reached a settlement with the store’s operators to close their doors at North San Mateo Drive and East Bellevue Avenue. ABC7 News’ Vic Lee has been following this story for more than a year.
As you can imagine, the neighbors we spoke to are absolutely delighted by the settlement and so is the city, which promises that the store’s location will never revert to commercial use again. The only one unhappy is 7-Eleven, which says it did everything possible to be a good neighbor.
“It’s a good ending and hopefully something nice will happen to this property,” said Richard Smith, a neighbor.
In the settlement, the city will pay $150,000 to 7-Eleven and the property owners and the store will close by the end of this month. It’s been an ugly and costly legal battle since 7-Eleven opened its doors just over a year ago. Hundreds of neighbors in the quiet San Mateo neighborhood banded together, signing petitions and demonstrating, asking the city to close it down. They didn’t want a convenience store that’s open all night that might attract the wrong crowd and a lot of unwanted traffic in this family-friendly neighborhood.
“A lot of money’s been spent on both sides and even the neighbors have put up over $40,000 in legal fees. We’re not going to be reimbursed,” said Smith.
“7-Eleven is not a bad company. The 7-Eleven just doesn’t belong here in the middle of the neighborhood,” said Jeff Gilbert, a neighbor.
Continue reading San Mateo residents win battle against 7-Eleven [ABC]
We are holding our weekly ‘Boycott 7-Eleven Rally’ tomorrow at the 7-Eleven on the corner of 11th Street and Avenue A between 1-2PM.
This Week’s 7-Eleven News
Franchisee Sues 7-Eleven For Stalking, Harassment, Hit and Run
A successful, multi-unit franchise owner who was the 2008 Franchisee of the Year is suing 7-Eleven, Inc. for stalking, harrassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and for running him down outside a CVS Pharmacy. Read more.
Franchisee Lawsuit Alleges 7-Eleven “Storm Trooper” Tactics
A lawsuit filed against 7-Eleven, Inc. yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that the convenience store giant is using “storm trooper” tactics to illegally seize valuable franchise rights from its franchisees in order to resell them for millions of dollars. Read more.
Compassionate 7-Eleven Employee Nearly Fired for Giving a Homeless Man a Cup of Coffee
A compassionate 7-Eleven employee who was in the process of being fired after helping out a homeless man has finally gotten the good news she deserves. Read more.
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