Thursday, May 27, 2010

Greenpoint Soda Fountain

as I began to snap pics of this classic fountain in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the charming lady who ran the place for 40 years came out, and invited me in. She said they had been closed for a year. Her husband had died, then the health board noticed that she didn't have air conditioning, and in came the flies. Too bad. As you can see, the place is spotless, like it was closed just yesterday. She made my day.


NYC In Photographs said...

Looks like an interesting place. Such a shame that it's closed.

Lily Hydrangea said...


byron said...

Very cool... You gonna buy it out? (kidding)

Ellie said...

I know this place well. She always had a smile and a kind word. She watched me grow up as I used to live near the diner. In my teens I used to go there daily for a cheeseburger and chocolate shake. So sad to hear her husband passed away. Good to know they are open again.

NYC taxi photo said...

cool! so is it really open? such a good find.

Jiggy said...

What a sad story, nice pictures though.

Hope she manages to re-open

Biana said...

I think the place has lots of stories to tell. I love everything old, I wish old objects could talk. I love a good story. I love the first photo. It kinda makes me sad though, don't know why exactly

Renee said...

Totally bummed to read that it was closed. It looked like it was great place to meet and eat. Sad that she had to shut it down--poor lady.

EV Grieve said...

Lovely photo and essay...

altadenahiker said...

It must mean a lot to her if she goes back to visit and to clean. I'd love to sit at that counter.

B SQUARED said...

And to think there was a time when A/C wasn't the norm.

Peter said...

Old places must die out/close for new highrises to take their place.

Kitty said...

ah, I haven't seen this place before.
So nice you met the owner. I'm sure your visit made her day, too.

T. Becque said...

I love places like that, especially when they invite you in! You've got a good eye.

Louis la Vache said...

Leave it to government to shut down another small business.

How sad.

«Louis» is glad you were able to meet the woman. This must all be very difficult for her.

Cezar and Léia said...

I also think this kind woman saw many things during these 40 years, wow so many time! Many stories for sure come from a place like this one!
Very interesting.I liked a lot Brooklyn when I had the opportunity to visit there in 2007,

Virginia said...

I"ll have a hamburger all the way with fries, and maybe a nice chardonnay, I mean a Coke ! :) Love the colors outside.

Hilda said...

Airconditioning is a requirement? Members of your health board will go into conniptions if they ever visit Manila.

That year must have been a tough time for the lady, losing her spouse and her business.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

A slice of Americana at its best. Nothing beats having a proprietor on site when it comes to keeping a place presentable to the public.... not even air conditioning can top that. Brilliant photo!


Anna said...

ahh i used to come here for chocolate milkshakes all the time. and the home fries! such an integral part of my childhood. sigh. i'm secretly kind of glad that it can stay untouched in my memories. rather that, than see it become part of the 'new' greenpoint scene.

ps. does anyone remember the bathroom? it was down a narrow hall and it was straight out of matilda... the doom closet? ha, even loved that.

Birdman said...

Nice memory that inside shot.

Jenny said...

I'm glad to have discovered your blog! (Thanks for visiting mine.) I'll definitely be following you - I love your photography and your point of view.

James said...

I feel like running it myself ala an I Love Lucy episode.

George said...

This was the Sunview Luncheonette at 221 Nassau Avenue. It was opened in August 1963 but was closed in mid-2009 by the department of health.

S said...

i hear that the entire place is for sale for a bargain rate of 1.5 million. That comes with 6 apartments.

I used to go there & get cheeseburgers for next to nothing & chocolate shakes. I think at the time of closing the price for a cheeseburger was only $2.50.
and they were GOOD.

There's still a nice old vibe while sitting at the counters of Peter Pan for some donuts on Manhattan Ave.

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