Citywide, gentrification is becoming a dirty word. From Harlem to Coney Island, long-time residents feel they are being rubbed out by higher rents and new business developments. For the past couple of weeks, folks have been savoring the last of the year’s mild temperatures at Coney Island, in what is looking like an end of an era. Ruby’s Bar and Grill, a boardwalk landmark has been evicted and now has about a week to vacate the premises. It along with nine other businesses have been evicted with only Nathan’s Hot Dog Stand and Lola Star Boutique allowed to stay.
Regulars and fans gathered on November 6th and the following weekend to reminisce about the good old days of Ruby’s, the family-owned business that has been open since 1934. To date over 3152 signatures have been collected in an online petition aimed at Mayor Bloomberg, city officials and the latest Coney Island developers, made up of Zamperla Amusements, and Coney Island Development Corporation. According to the New York Daily News, the Ruby’s owners may even pursue legal action against Zamperla in landlord-tenant court.
This photo series shows highlights of the November 6th rally to Save Ruby’s, which started in the early afternoon and lasted well into the evening.