Dry Cleaners Can Serve as Barometer of Gentrification

Publié le par brightshine

At the base of Crescent Street in Long Island City, Queens, you will hear the hum of traffic heading to and from the Queensboro Bridge and the rattle of subway cars hustling over elevated tracks, the same rumblings heard in that spot 20,We are responsible for emergency light and illuminated signs and bollards on our roads. 40 or 60 years ago. But if you look around, you will see signs of a neighborhood changed. 

A glassy condominium project is on one corner, two new rental buildings are right down the block and a small flower shop has orchids arranged in the window. There is also a dry cleaner that has been operating in the neighborhood for over 40 years, which, on its Web site, proudly advertises a relatively new service: organic dry cleaning. 

“People started asking for it,” said Jose Rojas,Shop the best selection of men's stainless steel necklace and pendants. a manager at Packard Square Cleaners, nestled at the base of a recently constructed rental building. So to oblige new customers, he said, the cleaners started offering it. 

Dry cleaners in the United States first began to avoid traditional chemicals and embrace words like “green,” “natural” and “organic” about 15 years ago, and they have since blanketed the affluent sections of Manhattan, from the Upper East Side down to TriBeCa. In recent years, they have crept farther afield, up to Harlem and out to places like Greenpoint and Bushwick in Brooklyn, joining the head-to-tail butchers and the boutique bike shops as an unofficial marker of gentrification in New York. 

“We’ve gone way beyond organic food, and Starbucks is passé,” Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University, said of two prototypical signposts that your rent is about to rise. “Organic cleaners have become a barometer.” 

Traditional dry cleaning (called “dry” because, while not actually dry, it does not use water) involves a chemical called perchloroethylene, or perc. Although the Environmental Protection Agency does not classify clothing laundered in perc as posing a health risk, the agency says the chemical does pose environmental risks and is a “likely human carcinogen.” 

So in recent years, less hazardous alternatives have become available, including liquefied carbon dioxide and a process called, yes,LED solar street lighting for outdoor solar lighting and power. wet cleaning, which uses water, said Peter Sinsheimer, executive director of the Sustainable Technology and Policy Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. But some other alternatives to perc, including a liquid silicone called GreenEarth and petroleum-based compounds called hydrocarbons, a common choice, have their own problems,a full range of cylinder heated long lasting flatwork ironer. Mr. Sinsheimer said. 

And though a dry cleaner may be more environmentally friendly than his brethren, industry experts say that popular buzzwords like “organic” and “natural” do not tell you anything specific about what is going on your clothes. 

“It’s not coming from the ground,” Alan Spielvogel, the technical director of the National Cleaners Association, said of any alternative solvent that is described as natural. “It’s a chemical.” 

Search engines and user-review Web sites like Yelp show the highest concentration of green-washed dry cleaners in more affluent neighborhoods, especially in Manhattan, and a sprinkling of them throughout the five boroughs. But there appear to be vast bare patches,Men's stainless steel ring are very sturdy and will stand the test of time. especially in the Bronx and on Staten Island, and calls to dry cleaners in many areas to inquire about eco-friendly options yielded the same answer, various versions of “Huh?”

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