Beloved Brooklyn Bridal Shop Must Move

For the Carol Bridal Shop at 773 Grand Street in East Williamsburg, April will mark not only the 20th year at its current location, but also the end of it.

The owner, Maria Teresa Leal, said the new landlord of the building wants the store out when the lease expires at the end of April.

To stay in business, Maria and her husband decided to sell their home to raise the money they need to secure a new location for the store in Queens.

“It’s not easy,” said Leal with tears in her eyes. But she realizes it is what it takes to save her family business.

Is Affordable Housing A Myth?

An ever-increasing income disparity, high rents and chronic shortage of apartments make affordable housing elusive for many New Yorkers. The rush to develop in an effort to remedy this shortage poses its own risk of changing the fabric of neighborhoods irreversibly. Here’s a look at the 10th largest city in the U.S.: the Bronx.