This Subway Florist Hangs it up After Decades Peddling in 14th Street Station
When we first reported on the hardships of the 14th Street subway florist, it appeared time was short. Two months later, though, that fate is sealed.
Friday was the last day in business for Periklis Tsoumas, who has been peddling petals on the platform of the 1st Avenue L station since 1972. Continuing the tradition started by his grandfather two decades earlier (1954). At the time, he told us that rehabilitation of the Canarsie Tunnel (i.e. L-train Slowdown) was affecting business. But that he would soldier on until he could no longer. After all, Tsoumas put his kids through college with this flower stand.
But time apparently caught up.
NBC New York followed up on our scoop and noted that, two months after turning 72 years-old, Tsoumas’ health is to blame. Apparently he has a bad arm and feels he is too old to keep working.
Best of luck, good sir!