Tonight at 7:00 p.m. there will be an organizing meeting of the Willets Point merchants. Flyers have been sent around and a big turnout is expected at the Parts Authority conference room. It is believed that there may be close to five hundred businesses in the so-called Iron Triangle and, needless to say, they aren’t thrilled with the thought of being put out of business by a new Shea Stadium and other propose developments.
The meeting will be attended by Councilmen Monseratte and Avella who will tell the businesses about the importance of working together. The Alliance has been asked to come and explain the political situation to the merchants. It is likely that we will eventually represent the interests of the group and help to design a strategy to enhance the equity of the constituent businesses in the face of the city’s efforts to disappear them.