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In the Neighborhood

There are many businesses in Hell's Kitchen that would be transformed by the plan to build a new Jets Stadium, expand the Javits Center, and create a nine-block boulevard from 33rd to 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Some of these companies deal in the world of high fashion and others just fix flats, but most of them have strong feelings about what the proposal would mean for their businesses.

Richard Silver Richard Silver, who opposes the plan, is president of American Pipe and Tank, which is located on 35th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. His company builds and services water tanks and it has been in business for three generations. Forced by a public development project to move out of the East Village in the 1970's, Silver could now be forced to move again; American Pipe and Tank sits squarely in the way of a planned mid-block boulevard proposed by the city as part of the Hudson Yards plan.

Splashlight Studios Splashlight Studios, a state of the art photo facility at 35th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, would also be driven out if the new mid-block boulevard is built. Just 4 years ago, the company spent $8.5 million to convert its space from an old garage.

O'Farrell's Restaurant and Bar has been at 33rd Street and 11th Avenue for nine years. Manager Frank Ford welcomes a new Jets Stadium next door because it would increase his business. The plan also calls for a new hotel on the site of where his bar sits, and Ford is hopeful that O'Farrell's would get a new home there. He also happens to be a Jets fan. "I was a season ticket holder back when Joe Namath did the unthinkable."
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