Jane Laundromat (50 8th Avenue between Jane & Horatio), with its Happy Buddha logo familiar to neighbors, is closed temporarily due to a fire that started in a duct behind a dryer in the rear of the shop on Wednesday, May 4. FDNY quickly put the fire out but caused flooding damage, leaving the laundry without power. The business is owned by Justin Cheng and his father. Justin’s Mom began working in the laundromat in 1990. Justin, who was 12 when he arrived from Malaysia in 1989, remembers hanging out at the laundry and feels he almost grew up here. Justin and his father bought the business in 2008. Through Superstorm Sandy and COVID, they never closed. “COVID hit us!” and they were just starting to come back when this happened. Currently they’re waiting for the green light from the landlord to begin repairs. Justin looks forward to continuing to serve our community as soon as he can safely reopen. “I love the West Village!” Meantime, this dedicated, hardworking family-owned business, top-rated on YELP, asks us to donate to a gofundme page, where you can read their full story.

– By Kathryn Adisman

Photo credit: Augie Arocena.

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