Downtown Toy Store Fights Eviction from World Financial Center

Karen Barwick, owner of Boomerang Toys, is fighting the eviction of her World Financial Center shop. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo)

By Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Karen Barwick isn’t giving up on Boomerang Toys without a fight.
Barwick started a petition this week to save her beloved toy shop’s World Financial Center location, which is facing eviction this fall.

“We really want to stay here,” said Barwick, 39, a Battery Park City resident. “So many customers stop me on the street and say they can’t believe we’re leaving.”

Brookfield Properties, which owns the World Financial Center, is booting Boomerang and several other businesses south of the Winter Garden as part of a $250 million redevelopment that aims to attract 40 high-end fashion retailers and create a 25,000-square-foot fresh food marketplace.

Brookfield recently notified Boomerang Toys, along with Urban Athletics, SouthWest NY, Ciao Bella and others, that they have to leave their current spaces by the end of September.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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