"This whole block is suffering."
Lara Zarum, the Village Voice
Standing behind the counter at his small Greenwich Village shop, House of Cards and Curiosities, James Waits surveys the changes that have affected many businesses in the area. "It's a combination of things. Rent is a factor."
House of Cards will close its doors on May 31 after more than 20 years in business. Stocked to the ceiling with cards, gifts, and curios, the shop — located at Eighth Avenue and Jane Street — is just one of a growing number of small mom-and-pop businesses in lower Manhattan that have been forced to close its doors due to rising rents.More »