After about a decade on Greenwich Avenue at Jane Street, Soy Cafe is closing on April 14 due to rising rent.
click to read Soy's goodbye note
I like Soy Cafe, in part, because they hate cell phones and they have signs like this:
It was also the first (and only) place where I saw the great "More Jane Jacobs, Less Marc Jacobs" postcard on display, which led to the slogan getting on t-shirts.
But the winds of the new New York blow fierce. No matter how hard you fight them, the relentless forces of Marc Jacobs, Inc., and the iPhone zombies just keep coming. And they love a prime corner spot.
P. S. Most mornings, a clock repair man sits on one of the benches outside Soy Cafe. He reads a book in an Eastern European language and waits for the workday to begin next door at Timepieces, the watch and clock shop. He isn't overtly friendly. He doesn't smile or make conversation. He just sits and waits for the moment when the shop opens so he can get to work repairing clocks and watches.
I guess he won't be sitting there anymore--and I wonder if now we should worry about the clock shop, too. They have the same landlord.
P.P.S. I know it looks like a candidate, but Soy Cafe was not the original location of Hopper's Nighthawks diner.