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In the News: Are Independent Pharmacies Doomed?

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••• More on the closing of Battery Park Pharmacy, which had been around for 35 years (making it the oldest business in the neighborhood): “Josh Dalton, one of the staff pharmacists at the store, explains, ‘the pricing structure is almost designed to drive small drug stores out of business. Benefits managers now force many of our old customers to receive their medications through the mail, from large corporate chain pharmacies. The patient has no choice, unless they want to pay the full price for medicine, as if they didn’t have any insurance coverage.’” Also, from J.: “The store is being cleaned out and people are pulling freebies from a pile. The rest going in a large dumpster a couple storefronts down.”) —Broadsheet

••• “Weinstein Company owes $50K for abandoned office space” at 375 Greenwich. —New York Post

••• “A Manhattan mom is suing the Department of Education for $2 million after administrators dismissed her fifth-grader’s complaints that a male student humped him while pinning him down at the playground” at the Battery Park School (P.S./I.S. 276). I’d love to know the rationale for the $2 million. —New York Post

••• “Unlike most high school freshman, Jack Greenleaf spends his weekends mixing, baking and delivering his very own homemade banana bread across lower Manhattan. ‘People love it and just keep ordering more,’ said the 14-year-old Battery Park resident, who has sold 384 loaves since he launched his ‘Bread and Monkey’ business last July. Now, the young entrepreneur will join Brooklyn’s famed outdoor food market, Smorgasburg, as the youngest vendor since its 2011 launch.” —New York Post



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