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With Huge Rent Increase, Michael's Shoe Repair May Pack Up

The longtime cobbler will not be able to afford the rent doubling, and may move out of Carroll Gardens.

has been cobbling shoes for close to two decades in Carroll Gardens, but owner Michael Davidov may be forced to move out of the neighborhood due to a huge rent increase on his shop, says Pardon Me For Asking.

The building that Davidov’s shop residents in, 319 Smith Street, recently sold for $1.2 million, says the blog, and the new landlord has doubled the shoe repair shop’s rent from $2,700 to $5,400.

Davidov’s lease is up in November, and he is currently looking for a smaller space in the neighborhood, though he is not confident that he can stay, says the blog. 

In addition to cobbler services, Michael’s also does jacket and watch repair, as well as shoe shines. The shop also carries some retail items, like handbags, socks, shoelaces and insoles.

Amal Doleh March 22, 2012 at 04:40 PM
WTH! That shop should be grandfathered in to the rent! That's such crap. Reasons why I moved OUT of Carroll Gardens, the ridiculous rent increases and yuppies taking over the neighborhood.
Louise March 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
We dealt with a greedy landlord. They suck, everything for the yuppies and screw you..Can't wait until they find a new neighborhood to move to and leave these greedy so & so's with their tongues hanging out. Pretty soon no one will be able to live here in Red Hook,Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens..AND with all these bars/cafes? Do we really need all this? So sorry for all the old timers...
Sara March 22, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Should totally be grandfathered...this is such a shame
Jenny March 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM
this is what drives the character out of lovely neighborhoods. such a shame.
Anthony March 23, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Let's hear it for the yuppies, who once again drive out another old time store. For all you yuppie supporters who say change is inevitable, you're right. Although the change is terrible: you drive out the old timers who made this neighborhood what it is and rape it of its identity. Here comes another organic shop selling wheat grass shots and tofu.
Andrea March 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Wow, another one bites the dust.....I used to get my shoes repaired here all the time, especially with the amount of walking I do.....I guess it will be a Starbucks pretty soon. The hipster element has really ruined this area...when will they move on to the next big thing?
Anthony March 23, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Not until they suck the "old time feel" out of Carroll Gardens or are we now calling it Bococa. Please go back to Oshkosh, Idaho or whatever hole you crawled out of.
Joanna Prisco March 23, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Anthony, I'd love to hear your thoughts about what, if any, remaining vestiges of "old Carroll Gardens" still exist. Please e-mail me at priscowrites@gmail.com
Maureen March 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Living in this neighborhood my entire life, it saddens me to see another older small business be pushed out. Growing up here, Smith St. was always a place to go, even when it wasn't the "best' block to walk down, mom & pops shops, bodegas - it may look a lot nicer now, but it was very safe years ago, and much more neighbor friendly. Smith St. has turned into a hotspot full of new restaurants and chain places, that unfortunately are opening & closing leaving alot of empty storefronts. We grew quickly and it's going to burn out quickly - from a hotspot to a deadspot! I think if landlords weren't so greedy, they would have a more reliable long term tenant. We are now a business district instead of a neighborhood.
ANONYMOUS April 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Don's worry there will be a shoe repair app for that....

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