The Meatpacking District’s Florent diner is closing at the end of the month after 23 years because of skyrocketing rents. French owner Florent Morellet said he his rent increased from $6,000 to $30,000 a month. The diner was originally a haunt of butchers and prostitutes but became a popular gathering spot for students, artists and celebrities. “I’ve been going to Florent since 1986, whenever I can. But the whole neighborhood changed,” filmmaker Spike Lee told the New York Times.
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