Rat Bohemia


After 28 years in business, the Benash Delicatessen at 857 8th Avenue was forced to close in April 2018 after being unable to pay its rent. Months later, the last of its working neons still pop on each night as if expecting customers. Photo by Rick Stachura. December 4, 2018.



First we walked around oohing and aahing about how peaceful and lovely everything was and then we started noticing past the surface, analyzing the situation. This process–from acceptance to critique–usually takes a New Yorker eight to ten minutes.


–from “Rat Bohemia” by Sarah Schulman, 1995




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