Supermarket Western Beef, located at the rental complex West End Towers at 75 West End Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd Streets), is expected to close by the end of December. The building landlord – the Brodsky Organization – confirmed with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal that another supermarket would be replacing it.
Rosenthal wrote a letter to Daniel Brodsky, the real estate company’s CEO, with the goal of preventing this closure. In a tweet Rosenthal sent out on Friday, she indicated that she plans to meet with the company.
The letter reads (in part) that “For years, and particularly during the height of the pandemic, residents of both Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Houses Addition have relied on the proximity and affordability of Western Beef. Many neighbors have shared with [her] their fears over losing a beloved community staple.”
The letter continues to state that “At a time when people are struggling to put food on the table, it is crucial that affordable grocery options remain available. The West Side is not in need of another upscale boutique grocer or another niche store – the community desperately needs a full-service supermarket with lower price points to ensure that low-income New Yorkers can continue to afford food in the neighborhoods they live in and helped build.
Linda Rosenthal’s full letter can be read here.
I wish I had gone there more often!! Maybe that’s why… Kidding aside, I’m very upset, especially for the people who live very close by. That was the only such store with prices that made sense for most people! What a loss! This is worse than losing Fairway uptown, because Fairway is not a good alternative—really not all that affordable—it just looks like it.
this is extremely disappointing. many deals to be had here… lines could be a bit tricky at times but the value usually makes it all worth it. this closing is a bad deal for the neighborhood, indeed.
The place was not clean at all. I never trusted buying deli or meats there. Just only when I needed detergent or something like that. There were always towels on the floor soaking up leaking floors. Very dirty!! This neighborhood deserves a better market with more organic and healthy options. Good riddance to that filth roach motel!
Western Beef was a dump. They had lower prices to match their inferior quality of food. This doesn’t excuse the landlord’s greed and exploitation of tenants especially during a pandemic. What’s needed is a market that provides quality and healthy food to all of our residents at reasonable prices. If that means a wealthy property owner has to give up some of his/her bottom line to help not as fortunate neighbors, so be it.
Can we please restore some civility to our values than just have the world be a numbers crunch?