I don't walk on East First Street very often, so it surprised me when, on a recent stroll, I found it has turned into an arm of the Hamptons, filled with precious cafes decorated with distressed wood, shabby-chic benches, and fresh flowers; along with a smattering of gleaming condo buildings.
One new addition is 47 East First. Grieve wrote about it here and when I walked by the Open House, I saw smiling, fresh-faced young couples moseying in and out, inquiring about the marble baths, granite kitchens, etc.
But something, I noticed, was missing. Namely, the painted food of Market Purveyor, Co., Inc., a wholesale meat distributor that used to be, I later realized, in #47.
It still exists in the ghost of Google Maps (above). And in these photos I took over a year ago, knowing these painted sausages and chickens would not last much longer.
I like painted food on storefronts. Especially crudely painted food. It's a dying art. And these rare examples are now gone.