120-Year-Old Family Store Continues Traditional Craft

By NTD Newsroom

On the west side of Manhattan in New York, a small 19th-century store is known for its unique handicraft.

The traditional craft—called chair caning—has a history of hundreds of years.

The store opened in 1899, with this fourth-generation family business being a neighborhood fixture. The inconspicuous store has repaired chairs of every shape and size.

But the rapid real estate development in the neighborhood has sent rents skyrocketing, making it harder for the store to survive.

Reporting by Catherine Wen.