Sept. 17, 2010 Staff Report
Patricia Dorfman, an active local resident who organized a petition calling on elected officials to stop the opening of a pawn shop (EZ Pawn) on the corner of 46th Street and Queens Blvd., finally met the owner of EZ Pawn this week.
Dorfman, who wrote a story this week about the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce’s fall meeting for the Woodside Herald, reported that EZ Pawn’s CEO David Kaminsky was in attendence. Here is an excerpt from the article she wrote that was published in the Woodside Herald.
“David Kaminsky of EZPawn, the controversial pawnbroker branch to open at 46th Street and Queens Blvd., an event this author spent a lot of time and energy trying to discourage, joined the Chamber of Commerce and is obviously trying to put his best food forward. He brought toothsome cookies for all and bought four $45 tickets to the October Radio Show Fundraiser at Sidetracks.
“His daughter, Lauren Kaminsky, a recent college graduate from Boston University, now VP of EZPawn, vowed to help the community in every way she could and try to make pawnbroking a business with a better reputation. One hopes that Mr. Kaminsky will honor his commitment to Councilman James Van Bramer and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan to keep regular business hours and get substantial community input on the signage on his store, which is at the “gateway” to our community…But Mr. Kaminsky kept a generous but low profile at the meeting and is obviously taking steps to become better liked in his endeavors.”
Ok so this store is at a major intersection but what about the the other pawn shops including the one inside a barbershop? I am not happy this shop is opening up here but then again I don’t like the OTB or the other pawn shops either.
What business are we going to try and run out of Sunnyside next?
I don’t think of pawnbrokers as purveyors of indecency or licentiousness. Pawnbroking is a business that has to operate according to law. While some store fronts can be garish it’s encouraging that the owner is looking to blend in to the neighborhood esthetic.