In 2008, we heard that the Mobil gas station on Chelsea's 10th Avenue, just at the edge of the Meatpacking District and nestled under the High Line, was sold for high-end development. Still, it lived on. Last week, we heard that it was sold again.
This time, the new owners aren't screwing around--they want their 17,000 square feet of luxury retail and they want it fast.
I took a walk by and found the station has been shut down.
Yellow caution tape is strung across it and "SORRY CLOSED" signs are on all the pumps. The Lube Center is shuttered. No cars are being washed. The Market has been emptied of all its snacks.
Forlorn drivers roll up, look at the place in disbelief, then roll away.
It's another loss for old Gasoline Alley--and another win for the new High Line.
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