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Deli owner served with 30-day eviction notice, vows to keep the 86-year-old store going

August 1, By Jason Cohen

The landlord of a popular Polish deli in Greenpoint–best known for its sandwiches, pierogis and sauerkraut–furnished the deli owner with a 30-day eviction notice yesterday.

Krystyna Godawa, 68, has owned Park Deli at 209 Nassau Ave., across from McGolrick Park, for past 10 years. In April, her 10-year lease ended and her landlord Hildegard Daempfle decided to increase her rent from $2,250 to $5,000, Godawa said.

The deli is a Greenpoint institution having been open since 1931 when it was established by German-American William Mullenbrock. The deli has changed several times over the years.

Godawa claims that she is unable to afford the new rent, and offered to pay Daempfle an extra $1,000 per month. Daempfle rejected her offer, she said, and the two parties then agreed she could stay on at $2,250 but on a month-to-month basis.

However, in July, Godawa said the Daempfle found a new tenant and wanted her out by Aug. 1. Daempfle could not be reached for comment.

“A lot of people like me [and my store],” Godawa said. “They don’t want to lose the store. It’s difficult to pay $5,000 because it’s just a sandwich shop.”

While she is looking for a new location, she still plans to pay rent and stay on, she said.

With a refrigerator, grill, food and numerous other items in the store, she said she needs a few months to find a new place. Godawa said she explained this to Daempfle.

“If they want [me out], they can take me to court,” she exclaimed. “I have nowhere to go.”


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