The Sigmund Schwartz Gramercy Park Chapel on Second Ave, next to the former site of the Second Ave Deli (now Chase Bank), is moving away from the neighborhood where it has been since 1938. According to New York Songlines, this funeral parlor held services for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg after their execution in 1953. Maybe now it will become something really meaningful, like another Duane Reade.
McKenna's Pub on 8th and 14th has also moved--for the second time. First it was kicked out of its original 1935 location at Hudson and Jane, and now it's again been forced to move--this time, just across the street to a spot underneath an engraver's shop. I'm amazed it has managed to keep a hold in the neighborhood, but the new place has none of the dive-bar aesthetics of the old. Still, it looks like the same, rough-and-tumble crowd has managed to stagger their way across 14th.
Tequila's Mexican restaurant, next door to McKenna's, has also moved--to 23rd St. I don't know how long they were here, but they had a great, junky-looking place with mariachi bands and waiters who mixed and mashed guacamole right before your eyes.
How long will places like these be able to stay a step ahead of the bulldozers, leapfrogging their way around Manhattan? McKenna's and Tequila's have moved for one reason: The building that housed them is slated for demolition. Looks like Chelsea will be blessed with another condo and another bank. When all of our buildings have been turned to dust, what will remain?