After I took this image of the massive site where three buildings collapsed in East Village on March 26 of this year for my recent photojournal book, a building collapsed in Brooklyn in July and another one in midtown last week. City transformation continues, but at what cost?
The "developing story" version of this New York Times article described how the deluxe hotel developer of the site sued Havana NY (a small popular local restaurant) located at the ground floor of where the midtown building collapsed. The small restaurant won the first case that the developer tried to get them out, while the second one claiming Havana NY $10 million for delaying the building demolition is ongoing. However, the reference to these cases was removed in the final version of the Times. Regardless of who's right or wrong, we can catch a glimpse of what mom-and-pop shops are facing through these cases.