Monday, January 27, 2014

Vanishing New York

In business since 1959, Oyster Bar at Seventh Avenue and 54th Street, closed this past Sunday. The usual greed was to blame. The building owner is destroying the building, and this beautiful restaurant filled with memories (and excellent seafood) so he can erect a cookie-cutter hotel like all the others in midtown. And so, New York City dies another death. Bring out your dead.   

12 comments:

onemorefoldedsunset said...

It's only January, and so many old places are tumbling fast. Blind greed.

s.c said...

Great shot of the neon sign. That greed is something that is in the end ruin everything on earth i think. Pity until you find out that you can't eat money.

Gin G said...

We have Jack's Oyster Bar in Albany. I wonder how long these old businesses will survive with the new "convention center" coming to downtown. A bit doubtful of this project. Love your neons. Hope you can capture more before they are all gone.

altadenahiker said...

That photo takes my breath away.

Banjo52 said...

Greed seems like such a simple explanation, but I don't have a better one.

-K- said...

I hope you made an offer on that sign, Ken.

But the photo itself is great, really urban. It could have been taken 50 years ago.

Norma Padro said...

It seems that everything changes. I remember when many businesses were closing there. I remember there was a shoe store in the village it was there when I was a teen. Then after the economic problem it closed down. It was so sad to see so many stores and businesses closing like that almost all at the same time. All I could see were banks and cell phones stores opening up.

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Kennyat Kwnphoto gmail said...

The neon sign itself has been preserved at the corner of DeLancey and Allen Street.