The Times ran a letter to the editor from actress Lee Grant today, lamenting the disappearance of family-owned businesses on the Upper West Side. Many of the ground floor spaces that the businesses were in remain empty for years. Grant
One of the businesses she mentions is the Morris Brothers clothing store, which used to be in the building above at 84th and Broadway. They had a good selection of everyday clothes at reasonable prices. I bought several pairs of jeans there. Morris Brothers closed nearly three years ago, when the landlord raised their rent by some incredible amount. Except for a temporary halloween store the space has been empty until recently. Now it appears that GameStop is moving in from down the block. If you want a pair of generic jeans there's the Gap a couple blocks away or Macy's way down on 34th Street.