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Times Square and the Garment Center : Rise and Decline

 39th. Street in the Fashion District . Tourism  or Fashion ?

39th. Street in the Fashion District . Tourism  or Fashion ?

  It would seem that the defining industry of Midtown  Manhattan is Tourism ! The re-imagining  and consequent reconstruction of Times Square into it's present incarnation has had a far greater influence on N.Y.C. than the obvious  Disneyland  gentrification of a blighted district . The degeneration of which , was so vividly portrayed by Martin  Scorsese in his movie Taxi Driver .                                                   The redevelopment of Times Square as a concentrated effort began in 1980 under mayor  Edward Koch . In the last days of mayor David N. Dinkins tenure Disney was able to reach an agreement for the New Amsterdam  Theater . And under mayor Rudolph  Giuliani  the pace of law enforcement  and development  was accelerated . Change became possible  though government  intervention in the development  of the district  . Tax breaks were given to developers  and tenants , and zoning changes allowed for higher towers .The enforcement of eminent domain  and the outright  condemning of groups of properties helped move the development  foward . The changes  had a positive result , tourism  increased and so did the city's  tax base .                                 And so the stage was set for increased  development beyond the scope  of Times Square . The increase in tourism , of course required an increase in the number  of  hotel  rooms available . Which is one of the factors affecting our current  situation .   The fashion  industry  is in a decline in the Garment  Center and the Times Square district  is expanding . As fashion related business's  leave the emaciated  Garment Center they are replaced  by non fashion related business's  !                                     This progression  has caused us to rethink  the logic of being located in the Garment  District  . Our original  parent company has been located on west 39th. St. since 1957 . West 39th. Street was the Millinery  district in the Garment  Center , no longer so . So now at this point  in time we have to ask "is there potential for growth based on this location" ? The answer is  No , there are too many factors  that  make growth improbable for a small company like ours in this area . A space to relocate to is either too small , to costly , or simply not available in the area . Street level storefront  space is astronomically priced , and more importantly  our potential  customer is not shopping in this area .                                    It took  the sale of this building and our impending  displacement  for us to realize  that we no longer belong in the Fashion District  .

 All ways  good to be informed !! The view of the sculpture  was better before the information  booth was added . Though from this angle it makes for an interesting  juxtaposition .

All ways  good to be informed !! The view of the sculpture  was better before the information  booth was added . Though from this angle it makes for an interesting  juxtaposition .