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The NYC shoe repair shop that survived 9/11 beat COVID-19

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The NYC shoe repair shop that survived 9/11 beat COVID-19

Asimenia Polychronakis is determined to reopen the Repair of Minas Shoes in June, the 50th anniversary of the business of her late father.

Before the pandemic, his faithful daughter, 37, planned proper respect for his father, Minas, an immigrant from Greece, who became internationally famous after September 11 when his shop was destroyed at the World Trade Center. His story is told in many articles that are now displayed on the walls of businesses that are relocated on 63 Wall Street.

He hopes to celebrate with some excitement and special promotions, such as shoe shine for 75 cents – a fee in 1970.

In exchange, Polychronakis quietly opened the door on June 15 despite empty streets and office buildings in the Financial District.

No shoeshine was on duty yet, because “nobody was clothed” and too few people returned to their offices, he said.

But seeing his old customer has become one of the brightest places in his new day.

Bianca Alexis has been a patron for 10 years, first becoming friends with Minas, with whom he discussed cooking and politics.

“It’s wonderful to see them open again,” Alexis said, adding that he had a pair of white shoes that needed repainting.

Then there was the French doctor, a customer for 15 years, who came in with 14 pairs of shoes in the first days after the store reopened.

“In the years he came, I had never seen him bring the same shoes twice,” Polychronakis said.

However, hard times: Revenues are down, he estimates, by 90 percent from last year, and summer is already a slow season for shoe repairs.

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He has applied for a $ 40,000 PPP loan to bring back five of his employees for full time work and to help bill.

The speed of the hustle and bustle of Polychronakis used for – six weekdays, several nights spent working until 3am – has been rolled back to five days a week, 10am to 5pm, for now.

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Asimenia PolychronakisAnnie Wermiel / NY Post

The toughest decision he had to make was to close the second shop, Omega Repair, located a block away, on June 30.

He said there was one downside: “I am retired by my mother, who is 65 years old [and managed Omega]. I want him to be calm. “

Looking around Minas, Polychronakis wondered about unclaimed shoes – more than 100 pairs – on his shelves and whether any of them were customers who had died of a virus or had lost their jobs “and did not think about their shoes and bags. “

During the three months the shop was closed, only 10 customers called to pick up shoes they left at the store in March.

But there are encouraging signs. Some customers send shoes for repairs during locking, others bring a small piece of leather furniture to sew, and the locals who need it really need it. He called a lawyer whose office was reopened nearby, and he stopped to finish shoes.

“I’m still trying to be optimistic and patient,” Polychronakis said. “I can hear my father’s voice in my head telling me to keep believing.”

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again

The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.

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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.

According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.

“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.

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Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.

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Marseille in California. ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″

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“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.

“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo is injured by the Portuguese national team and thanks the fans for their support

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Cristiano Ronaldo got a cut on his nose and needed a bandage (Photo: MICHAL CIZEK / AFP)

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Gratitude. It seems that the attacker Cristiano Ronaldo shared his social media with Portuguese fans after a clash with Czech goalkeeper Vaclik. In the auction, the assailant received a cut on his face and needed a bandage to stop the bleeding.

“Great game, important team win! We remain focused on our goal. Thanks to the Portuguese public for the fantastic support,” the striker wrote on his Instagram account.

The match was marked by a great performance Portugal national team, who beat the Czech Republic 4-0 to take the lead in Nations League Group 2 with ten points with one matchday to go in the group stage of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo ended up losing to his team.

After the match, the leader of the Portuguese national team appreciated the result achieved on the road. “It was a very important victory and all teammates should be congratulated on the result,” commented the 37-year-old striker.

With three wins, one draw and one defeat, the Portuguese team has the best attack in their group with eleven goals scored and a net difference of nine. The team is one draw away from qualifying for the tournament series. The next match against Spain is next Tuesday in the city of Braga.

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