Bagels vs. Booze in the East Village

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“I now understand why Alphabet City is overflowing with bars and restaurants yet at the same time lacking the most basic of neighborhood businesses; butcher, bookshop, fish market, etc. The only way anybody can afford to pay the insane rents that landlords around here are asking is to sell something you can markup as much as liquor.” —Christopher Pugliese, who is opening Tompkins Square Bagels without liquor [EV Grieve]