I couldn't ring in the new year without a dark gaze toward the future. Here is a list of vanishings to come -- either rumored, substantiated, or just prophesied.
Streit's Matzo Factory: For sale.
A. Fontana Shoe Repair: The owner says he'll be there until the end of February.
Domino Sugar Sign: The landmark sign did not get landmarked and will probably end up on some yuppie's giant loft wall.
Bobby's Happy House: Their eviction seems to keep getting extended, but for how long? Last I heard, the cashier said they'd be gone by January 2008.
The Harlem Record Shack: Under court order to vacate by March.
P&G Bar: Their lease ends in 2008.
Yankee Stadium: Slated for the wrecker, 2008 is its last season. And the last regular season game? Sept 21, vs. Baltimore.
Shea Stadium: Same as above, 2008 is your last chance to see a game in this park. Sept 28, vs. the Marlins is the Mets' final regular home game.
Hotel Pennsylvania: Fans are fighting to stop the coming demolition.
Sophie's & Mona's East Village Bars: For sale.
Coney Island (as is): Granted another year's lease, we will still have Astroland in 2008. But no matter what, Coney as we know it (scrappy and strange) is doomed to croak.
Our Lady of Vilnius: The parishioners continue to fight the planned demolition.
Yes! This Is Charlie's: They're hoping to hold out but it doesn't look good.
Cup & Saucer: A dire prediction--with construction across the street, I think the place's days are numbered.
Chelsea Antiques Garage: Nothing confirmed, but it was sold to a developer.
The Sunshine Hotel: What is there, one guy living here now? And with the New Museum next door, no way this Bowery flop will last.
Katz's: The owner keeps going back and forth on this one--too bleak to contemplate? Certainly. Impossible to fathom? Not with all the giant glass towers going up all around the place. It may not close, but I won't be surprised if we get big news about Katz's in 2008.