Sign The Petition: Let’s Save Galicia Restaurant, too!

“I cannot afford to pay what they’re asking,” said Galicia owner Ramón Calo.

We did before Uptown, we can do it again. Another Uptown institution, Galicia Restaurant, may soon close if the landlord cannot be convinced to reconsider the lease terms they are offering to an establishment that has been around for more than 30 years. Please sign the petition below and share widely.

A rally to support Galicia Restaurant will be held on Sun., Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. It will be held in front of the restaurant, located at 4083 Broadway, at 173nd Street.

Sign the Petition: http://bit.ly/SaveGalicia

Read more: Galicia Gone? | Manhattan Times

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Galicia Gone? | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen and Desiree Johnson

The restaurant was founded three decades ago.

After a shutdown of Coogan’s Restaurant was averted, uptown residents are turning their attention to help out another longtime Washington Heights eatery in danger of closure.

Galicia Restaurant, located at 4083 Broadway, a few blocks north of Coogan’s, is in danger of closing down due to skyrocketing rent, its owner said.

The restaurant has served authentic Spanish cuisine and other Latin fare for the past 30 years.

Ramón Calo, who opened the restaurant after coming to the U.S. from Spain in the 80’s, said his landlord, Edel Family Management, wants to triple his rent.

“I cannot afford to pay what they’re asking, so I will have to close if something can’t be worked out,” said Calo.

After witnessing a groundswell of community support lead to a positive resolution for Coogan’s, which also faced a massive rent increase, local residents and loyal customers are banning together to help save the popular Galicia.

“Coogan’s seemed to get all the attention, but we have other small businesses suffering, too,” said Lena Meléndez, a Washington Heights resident who helps run Dominicanos Pro Defensa Negocios y Viviendas (DDNV), a grassroots group advocating for small business and affordable housing.

“The issue is more than just Coogan’s,” Meléndez said. “It’s about a trend of small businesses having trouble surviving, getting pushed out by landlords.”

“The way that they’re doing it, we’re all going to have to leave,” stated Calo.

Galicia’s long-term lease expired in October 2017, with the restaurant going month to month since, while attempting to negotiate a fair extension.

Read more: Galicia Gone? | Manhattan Times

Sign the Petition: Let’s Save Galicia Restaurant, too!

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“Handshake” deal reached to keep Coogan’s open | Manhattan Times

It won’t be last call after all.

A handshake agreement has been reached between Coogan’s Restaurant and its landlord, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, to keep the iconic Washington Heights pub open.

The deal was reported on social media by Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who had organized a rally for January 14 to help save the restaurant.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Espaillat tweeted: “Coogans is here to stay! Proud to be a small part of the handshake agreement between Columbia-Presbyterian & @CoogansNYC alongside many other Coogan’s fans, @galeabrewer @Vegalteno! Stay tuned!”

More information on the deal has not yet been released.

Read more: “Handshake” deal reached to keep Coogan’s open | Manhattan Times

Related:

The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #SaveCoogans

Amazing Things Have Happened Here: The Shared Mission of a Bar and a Hospital

Closing time at Coogan’s | Manhattan Times

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #SaveCoogans

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Amazing Things Have Happened Here: The Shared Mission of a Bar and a Hospital

By Robert Snyder

Photos: Cristóbal Vivar | Manhattan Times

New York-Presbyterian may be world-renowned as a hospital, research center and medical school, but its neighbors in upper Manhattan know it mostly as a bad landlord. When the hospital hit Coogan’s with a devastating rent hike, it trampled the good work done by its own doctors, professors, and hospital workers who made the uptown bar and restaurant a force for community health in Washington Heights.

The hospital has not always been comfortable in northern Manhattan. In the 1970s, the neighborhood around the hospital–then known as Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center—was plagued by violence and drug abuse. In 1981, John Chase Wood, Jr., a resident surgeon at the medical center, married and an expectant father, was fatally shot in a mugging near 165th Street and Riverside.

Nevertheless, a year later, Columbia’s long-range planning committee decided to keep the medical center in Washington Heights. But the future was far from assured.

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Community members, landlord respond to Coogan’s shutdown

By Gregg McQueen

“We became a safe haven,” says Coogan’s co-owner Peter Walsh.

“We became a safe haven,” says Coogan’s co-owner Peter Walsh.

After news broke that Coogan’s, an iconic Washington Heights restaurant and pub for more than 30 years, would shut down in May due to a massive rent hike, concerned community members and elected officials have reacted to help save the beloved establishment.

Coogan’s owners said on January 9 that they needed to close because the eatery’s landlord, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, wants to increase the pub’s rent by an additional $40,000 per month.

A Change.org petition, which called upon New York-Presbyterian to offer Coogan’s a new lease at an affordable rate, was launched that same evening, and had garnered more than 12,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon.

The signatures will be delivered to New York-Presbyterian Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Corwin, as well as Royal Charter Properties, the hospital’s real estate arm.

“I hope the incredible response to this petition shows the connection people feel to Coogan’s and that this fight is far from over,” said Graham Cirualo, who created the petition.

On Wednesday evening, Community Board 12 hosted a strategy meeting at Coogan’s to brainstorm ways to prevent the restaurant from closing.

Even Coogan’s celebrity backers got involved, with uptown native Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeting, “I love Coogan’s. My stomach hurts from this news.”

Meanwhile, local Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced they will sponsor a rally outside of Coogan’s on Sun., Jan. 14 at 12 p.m.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement regarding Coogan’s, indicating it was open to further lease negotiations.

Read more: Community members, landlord respond to Coogan’s shutdown

Related: Closing time at Coogan’s | Manhattan Times

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