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Gale Brewer and the Battle Against 7-Eleven

Gale Brewer - 7-ElevenVia Commercial Observer

With a keen eye on preservation, Manhattan’s 27th Beep hopes to synchronize vanity addresses, gain a consensus at Madison Square Garden and introduce mapping at the community boards.

Gale Brewer has lived on the Upper West Side since 1970. She served as the area’s City Council member for 12 years, concluding at the end of 2013, before starting as the 27th Manhattan borough president. Ms. Brewer, who plans to open a ground-floor district office on West 125th Street, joined with city preservationists earlier this month to call for reforms to the landmarking process following the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s refusal to consider landmark status for the Rizzoli Bookstore building at 31 West 57th Street. As Manhattan Beep, Ms. Brewer is tasked with advising the mayor and City Council on borough concerns, providing feedback on all land-use matters, advocating for New York County in the municipal budget process and appointing members of the 12 community boards. Ms. Brewer successfully advocated for the passage of legislation while in the City Council that would compel landlords to fix repeat violations as well as a law that requires all city data be published online. In February, Commercial Observer chatted with Ms. Brewer in her office at 1 Centre Street about adjusting to her new position, her beef with 7-Elevens and the easiest and most challenging developers to work with.

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7-Eleven Makes Manhattan Borough President Want To Puke

If the sight of another 7-Eleven makes you want to puke, you’re not alone!

Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, was speaking at a CityLaw Breakfast Series event this week regarding the various borough presidents’ priorities, when she was asked a question on promoting local business.

“We have the chain stores. I hate to say this, but if I see one more 7-Eleven, I’m going to throw up. I think it’s a very important issue, particularly for Manhattan,” Ms. Brewer continued. “The other boroughs, to be honest with you, do not have as much of a challenge. Because I asked every single one of my 51 colleagues, ‘Is this a problem?’ And it was primarily in Manhattan.”

7-Eleven currently has 37 locations in Manhattan – up from 8 just a few years ago – and plans an additional 100 locations by 2017. 7-Eleven has shuttered two local businesses – that we know of – Gramercy Corner and Kyung’s Gourmet Deli by opening locations right next door to them.

Ken Barnes, 7-Eleven’s director of northeast regional development, has said “We can’t open more New York locations fast enough. Every neighborhood is a target.” 

7-Eleven’s spokesperson, Margaret Chabris, admits 7-Eleven’s Corporate Manifest Destiny is the result of the bad economy in 2008, stating that, in NYC, “a lot more desirable locations are available because many businesses have had to retract because of the recession.

Manhattan Borough President Not a Fan of 7-Eleven [Politicker]