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Fans Came Out in Droves to Save Egg Cream Institution Gem Spa

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A black Gem Spa t-shirt hangs in front of shelves selling cigarettes, Advil, and menstrual pads at Gem Spa
Gem Spa’s t-shirt
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Gem Spa’s fans came out in droves over the weekend

Sounds like the cash mob at Gem Spa was a rousing success over the weekend. Fans of the East Village institution went out on Saturday to buy egg creams, a way to help keep the longtime bodega and hangout alive after owner Parul Patel said it has been struggling. But the cash mob also turned into a gathering of residents, former residents, designers, artists, and other characters, according to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. There was a Schitibank installation — an art piece considering a dystopian view of the neighborhood — that will be around until the end of the month, and lots of people buying up the t-shirt for the shop, which has become a hot streetwear look.

Though the event focused on Gem Spa, it was also part of a wider movement to save New York institutions, “a way to say no to all banks and corporate chains,” Jeremiah’s writes. “As a people, we will not go down without a fight. The Gem Spa cash mob is an act of love and resistance.”

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Update: September 16, 2019, 10:45 a.m.: This article was updated to reflect that Konbini, the Japanese convenience store-inspired cafe that opened in Koreatown late last week, has abruptly closed and will not reopen. A spokesperson declined to give details on the closure, saying only that owner Sarah Kang is working on a new concept for the space at 312 Fifth Avenue.

Konbini

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