Thursday, July 10, 2008

50s Chrome and Steel Beauty

This beautiful Mahoney built diner sits abandoned on West Side Highway near Houston Street. Its last official business name was RIB, and back then, in the late 90s, it served good burgers and brews. Before that it was a semi chic wannabe Mexican place, before that who knows. But what is remarkable, is that even though abandoned and now vandalized, the diner retains its chrome loveliness. It still shines, its colors are rich, and the thing is as solid as a rock. They knew how to build back in the 50s!




20 comments:

Snapper said...

Gorgeous building. What a shame that it's gone to seed. It could and should be saved somehow. What a classic!

shutter said...

I agree, what a wonderful piece of architecture.

Fredrik said...

Just lovely!

Steve Buser said...

The fifties. The days of steel and chrome. Good find.

Monika said...

Beautiful! Looks like the perfect home for me. The *Zagat rated* cracks me up.

babooshka said...

Totally agree with you. To me this is 50's America through, my second hand film knowledge. Great structure, and great pic and even better words.

Hilda said...

It's a lovely building. I hope that someone can restore it someday. What a waste.

Hyde DP said...

Let's hope it finds a new use sometime.

ken mac said...

Let's all pitch in and reopen the place! I say we call it "Hilda's"

Ming the Merciless said...

I rarely venture that far out to the west side.

Some in NJ should tow that thing across the river to give it a lease in life as a diner.

ken mac said...

i just hope they don't turn that block into yet another wonderous high rise!

Hilda said...

Hahaha! After I get this dang office done, I think that diner's going to be a breeze! ;)

Chuckeroon said...

This is a stunner, Ken. I hope that NY Monuments Dpt has the wit to "list" it and slap on a preservation order. If I were an "American" I'd buy it and ship it across to England (if you understand me!! ;-))

Richard Nickel, Jr. said...

You really oughtta pop in there, grab some snaps, and show us what the inside looks like! ;)

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looks very pretty, isn't it?? lovely style, always like something like this

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