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Chelsea Puerto Rican Joint Cabo Rojo Closes After 51 Years

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After half a century in business, Chelsea standby Cabo Rojo shuttered because of a lost lease. It was a simple rice, beans, and roast pork Puerto Rican joint, celebrated by Sam Sifton eight years ago, and frequented by cops and locals. Jeremiah Moss is not pleased: "The New High Line is stretching further northward, bringing the destructive force of 'renewal' in its wake. This block (and this end of Chelsea) is undergoing change. It will be swift, and it will be total...How could a place like Cabo Rojo continue to exist in an environment that is becoming increasingly hostile to anything not hotspotty?"
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Cabo Rojo

254 10th Ave., New York, NY