From the very old to the very young, New York lost many good things this year. The leading cause of death was greed, though there were a few other causes, such as structural collapse or a family death. The majority just couldn't pay the rent in this city. My choices came from the pages of this blog, and I am sure I've missed many. Please add your own favorites in the Comments section.
Hilly Kristal is the only person I listed, but I think of the many others who've vanished, not only to death, but eviction. Like the residents of the Breslin Hotel and other victims of development, eminent domain, and rising rents. New York is hemhorraging creative people.
I added Chumley's because while they claim to be rebuilding, whatever rises will not be the same, and Chumley's, the original, is surely dead.
That's it for the notes. I think the list, with its links and tally of years, can speak for itself. Combined, we've seen close to 1,000 years of New York history vanish in 2007.
1551 Broadway: 112 years old
Gertel's: 93 years old
The Playpen Theater: 91 years old
Chumley's: 79 years old
Jade Mountain: 76 years old
Hilly Kristal (& the spirit of CBGB's): 75 years old
Gordon Novelty Shop Signage: 73 years old
Moondance Diner: exact age unknown, in its 70s
Kurowycky Meats: 52 years old
The Funny Store: 50 years old
Copeland's: 49 years old
Donuts Coffee Shop: 32 years old
Sucelt: 31 years old
Teresa's: approximately 22 years old
Dick's Bar: age unknown
7th Avenue Books: 6 years old