A candy store coming to the corner of 78th Street and Amsterdam has become a flashpoint for all of the community’s anxieties — the loss of small stores, the spread of ugly architecture, and now…childhood obesity.
Sugar & Plumm Purveyors of Yumm, a candy store and cafe that’s set to open next month, was plastered with stickers over the weekend with the words “Childhood Obesity,” “Tooth Decay,” “Juvenile Diabetes” and “Drunk Nannies.”
Yes, Drunk Nannies, scourge of our fine neighborhood!
The stickers bring to mind the Sticker Bandit, the anonymous sticker-poster we first wrote about months ago. The bandit, who posted stickers at the site of Sugar & Plumm and on other nearby boarded-up stores, has disappeared. Or has he/she? Is this you, bandit?
Sugar & Plumm has drawn the community’s ire for months. It’s been the symbol for the disappearance of small stores on the Upper West Side, because a group of stores were essentially forced out of their spaces on Amsterdam between 78th and 79th Street to make way for it. And its initial plans were so garish, the Landmarks Preservation Commission said the design looked like a “valentine’s card” that didn’t respect the landmark building where it will be located. Also, the company is based in New Jersey. New Jersey, people.
But since then, the owner has toned down the design, even impressing one of the store’s fiercest critics. And while the store will sell candy, it’s also offering other (presumably healthier) food options. With dozens of other candy stores, cupcake emporiums, and ice cream stores in the neighborhood, why is this one catching all the flak (aside from the waffle and bacon milkshake pictured at the bottom of this post, which raises a a few obesity-related concerns)? Readers, please explain in the comments.
Also, Sticker Bandit: contact us!
Thanks to Ronnie for the tip and photos.
— Sugar and Plumm (@SugarAndPlumm) July 13, 2012