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Say goodbye to the upholstery guy

Last industrial tenants of 'character-rich locations' displaced by big companies

The growing trend in places such as Long Island City, Queens, is to market converted spaces by using references to the old industrial past, while at the same time booting out the industries.

New York

THE upholstery guy. A cabinet builder. A drapery company. A hair-dye maker. A sprawling used-books/records/CD business.

These have been the occupants of the stodgy, serviceable industrial spaces of Long Island City, Queens.

Now, their day in the city is coming to an...

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