Save the Cafe Edison
New York City is an ever-changing city - this is nothing new. However, when the institutions that give our city character - institutions that are a part of Broadway and New York history - are forced to shutter due to rising rents or perceived insignificance, it becomes necessary for New Yorkers and visitors to our great city to speak up against it. McHale's. Colony Records. Smith's Bar & Restaurant. Howard Johnson's. Times Square Bagels. All have been torn down (or are slated to be) to bring in large commercial retailers or chain restaurants, stripping away yet another layer of our beloved Theatre District's history. And now the Cafe Edison. A tea room where August Wilson is said to have worked on three of his plays. A diner that inspired Neil Simon to write "45 Seconds From Broadway." A place where Sharon from Spokane can sit next to an honest-to-goodness Broadway star while having the best bowl of matzo ball soup in Midtown, if not the city. We ask that you and your hotel management please reconsider renewing the Cafe Edison's lease, and at a fair and reasonable price, with the knowledge that you would be preserving what's left of the character of the old Theatre District and your own hotel.
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