From the NY Times:
Wall Street’s woes, complete with bankers toting boxes out of their old offices, are well known and even well televised. But away from the spotlight, more insidious departures are under way in Queens and other boroughs. A census by Representative Anthony D. Weiner shows a troubling list of avenues in Queens with a growing number of empty storefronts.
According to the survey of 1,730 stores in Queens, 211 are closed or about to close. In all, 12 percent of what Mr. Weiner calls “community stores” are vacant in Queens, twice the rate of a year ago.
The worst-hit areas are in Rockaway, where 17 out of 40 stores, 42.5 percent, were shuttered, and along Jamaica Avenue, where 80 out of 335 shops are closed.
On average, neighborhoods in Queens have 21 stores that are shut.