Still Sidelined, Fire-Scorched Essex Card Shop Raises $90K for Rebuilding Effort

Posted on: March 7th, 2022 at 5:13 am by

Still sidelined due to a major two-alarm fire in January, the Essex Card Shop continues to raise funds for its rebirth.

Buoyed by the community, the business at 47 Avenue A has already raised more than $90,000 of its lofty $100,000 goal on GoFundMe.

Ownership tells us that “we have cleaned up the store” but are waiting on the building management to green light the reconstruction.

As such, there is no target reopening date at this time.

The stationary store has been in Alphabet City since 2000, originally at 39 Avenue A. It moved to this location in June 2020.

Essex Card Shop burned up back in January. A thirteen-year-old was charged with second-degree arson in connection with the incident.

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