American Deli Market Forced to Close After 20 Years in Greenpoint

American Deli Market (97 Franklin St.)

After 20 years in Greenpoint, the final day of business at American Deli Market (97 Franklin St.) will be Wednesday, Nov. 7. “We wanted to renew in 2016, since then we’ve been on a month-to-month tenancy,” said Yvette Camacho, who has owned and operated the deli with her husband Dennis since its opening in 1998.

The Camachos have been in protracted negotiations for years with the landlord, offering on multiple occasions to purchase the building. “Some of our customers even offered to help us buy the building,” she said.

There’s a building on Greenpoint Avenue that the Camachos are negotiating a move into, but the significantly higher rent and the cost of improvements are restrictive: “The rents are extremely high…it’s much higher than we’re paying now,” Camacho said.

The deli offers affordable lunch options for Greenpoint and built a loyal customer base with their baked chicken and empanadas. The Camachos are also in talks with Franklin Pizza (109 Franklin St.) to continue serving lunch while finding a new location.

With its old New York facade and faded signage, the American Deli is a popular filming location and can be spotted in movies such as “Sleepers.” “Robert de Niro has shot there three times, a bunch of independent videos filmed there too,” said Camacho.

Most recently, Tituss Burgess from the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” can be seen in front of the deli in a parody of Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”

Photographer Eric Espino took a series of photographs of businesses facing displacement, including the American Deli, that will display in Times Square on Friday, Nov. 2.

For the American Deli fans who want to see their beloved bodega in the center of the universe, images of the deli will appear this Friday for 15-second rotations on the large screens at 42nd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan from 7 – 8 p.m.

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  1. NottaVictim says:

    These disgusting filthy dumps are a throwback to the bad old days when Bodega owners ripped off and poisoned poor folks in food deserts. Well, folks are no longer trapped in neighborhoods like Greenpoint and have plenty of other options, which are cheaper, appetizing and healthy. How these places, which sells milk 2 weeks post-dates and cooks up black market spoiled food, and hype cigarettes and sugar laden greasy processed garbage remains in operation is a mystery unless you figure out that the owners actually own multiple bodegas all over the city and exploit the people who work for them. One wonders what goes through the mind of someone who would sell spoiled food to their neighbors? I suppose they figure people won’t check dates or they simply pour the spoiled milk into your morning coffee or cook up your breakfast sandwich with rotten eggs and meat and you might not notice. Do they consider that this may make you sick? The time has come for local landlords to find ethical tenants who actually have an interest in providing decent food to their neighbors and to shut these places down.

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