Friday, February 20, 2009

Return of the Market Diner

Long abandoned, the Market Diner at 11th Avenue and 45st Street made a comeback late last year. And though it may be a little sterile for some, there is no denying this is a successful renovation of a beloved Hell's Kitchen landmark.  

Dig those angles!
The original sparkled floor tile!
More crazy angles, blueberry pie to die for.  
The horrible new sign. 
The workers are friendly, the food is fine....a blessing for a city about to go extinct..   

16 comments:

EV Grieve said...

I like the juxtaposition of the top photo....the old school sign with the crapola high rise in the background.

Daryl said...

Extinct .. harsh word ... now I must get down there and have some pie!

Laurie said...

I LOVE this place. Even with the tragic new sign.

D said...

Why oh why would they change the sign!?
It's a great renovation anyway. I'm glad someone saved it. Looks like a fine place for a BLT & a Coke.

Tanya said...

What an awesome place, what a terrible sign, totally not diner-ish...what were they thinking. Mmmm, now I want pie :)

Babooshka said...

Great to see someone had the savvy to reanovate and revitalise a landmark rather than replace with something sterile. They really areripping the heart out of your part of the world.

Kitty said...

there are a few of these cool diners in that area, and old hotels, too.

I love that aesthetic!

Jacob said...

Love the old diners...reminders of good times past. Nice photos!

altadenahiker said...

A vanilla malted.

  said...

Interesting shots of the interior.

-Diner News and History

Virginia said...

Wasn't MY CHeyenne called Market DIner in the day? I can see Lileks drooling over this one, can't you?
V

Uma por Dia said...

I remember your previous post about this place. Glad its open depite the ugly new sign :)

Ming the Merciless said...

Cool angles indeed. I love diner food; they are cheap and filling.

brooklynpix said...

When I was here back when, the waitress cut some pie then started licking the knife. She saw us watching her, so she winked! It was a funny, non-DOH approved moment.

Fredrik said...

Great pictures! But what is it about you Americans and signs? Do you assume we're blind?
Just kidding..

Sherry Stewart said...

yep, pretty sterile.. no scene from any movie taken there now..