Something's coming to the corner of Mott and Houston.
The space used to be La Cocina corner deli, but it's been for rent for awhile now.
Its side has long been wrapped in a plasticky advertisement, hot pink and decorated with anorexic women shoppers (some without eyes). Symbols of the new Nolita, they clutch their bags and strike poses around the words YOUR STORE HERE.
It's an insulting sign and appropriately attracted neighborhood rage from the beginning.
"We want our bodega," said one writer in black Magic Marker. "No more yuppies in Nolita."
A bit more recently, another writer got more colorful, saying, "FUCK YOU BLOODSUCKERS WE WANT A BODEGA BACK" and "FUCK YOU HOPE IT BURNS DOWN BEFORE IT GOES BROKE."
Of course, no bodega will ever return to this corner. At least, not until the yunnipocalypse. Now the facade has been opened up and renovated in distressed metal and glass that looks a lot like its neighbor around the bend, fancy clothing boutique Jay Kos (they sell $6,500 cashmere sport coats). I guess it won't be a 7-11 either.