After 60 Years of Business, East Harlem’s Claudio the Barber Facing Eviction

Melissa joined Congressman Charlie Rangel and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez at Claudio’s Barber Shop on 116th Street near First Avenue to show their support as the shop faces eviction, after 60 years of doing business in the neighborhood.  Claudio Caponigro, 80-years-old, recently learned that his landlord is seeking to nearly triple the rent for the location, which Claudio says would force him to close his doors.

Melissa would like to see the barber shop stay in the community, and has offered her support as Claudio explores his options.  She has also called for a commercial rent regulation program, that would prevent local small businesses from being displaced by escalating rents.

Read more about Claudio’s Barber Shop in the New York Times and DNA Info.

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