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Prospect Heights Met Food 'Shelters... Men's Lives'

Readers, you complete us. Yesterday's plea for the full text of Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani's scholarship on Prospect Heights walking tours has found its way to our inbox. We've given the piece a read (total "Heidegger" or "Heideggerian" references: 7) and find ourselves touched by the gravitas the author invests in the neighborhood's Met Food:

In anyone's neighborhood, there are sites such as the Met Food supermarket with everyday use values, as a purveyor of food, or even as a tacit meeting place. Yet these places can also be entities from their very existence that cement an emotional connection to neighborhood (see Figure 2). For David W., the supermarket, counterintuitively, does not afford him shopping abilities, because he regularly shops elsewhere at a food coop. This place builds for David a dwelling place, deep in meaning about neighborhood definition and what kind of place it is in which he wants to live... The physical building itself reminds him of all this, and when he walks by, he waves at the man who owns the store. In short, he sees in the supermarket a place that supports his values.Got it? The summary, for our slower readers: "David's relationship with this supermarket is one of 'letting dwell'; though it is a supermarket, not a home, this can still be a locale that 'shelters…men’s lives' (Heidegger, 1993, p. 360)." So Robert Bly meets Met Food. Who knew? Feeling moved to affect a change in your dwelling place? Glad tidings: a Brooklyn Met Food is on the market; "low rent, long lease." Asking $175,000 plus inventory. Your new lifeworld calls, gentlemen.
· Business For Sale: Supermarket for Sale [Merger Network]
· Prospect Heights Heideggerian Lifeworld [Curbed]