I just spoke to George today. He said he's trying to get a gardening company to occupy the empty lot on the corner which George is currently paying for. That will reduce the rent to a tolerable level. But for that other company to move in (and be ready by March, which they need), the Landmarks Commission has to approve of a fence around the lot. And that will take a week. And it's not sure they will approve it. George said the company will surely not install a wrought iron fence, so I hope that's not what Landmarks requires. I'd like to see this go through.
In the meantime, I volunteered to do a blog for him, if it helps. He said he'd think about it if he makes it through the week.