Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gracie's Corner

Gracie's Corner diner, on First Avenue and 86th Street, is leaving its corner after decades in business.



Employees at the diner say the whole building is coming down, demolished for a new condo development. A sign on the shuttered pizza place next door reads, "Due to recent building events out of our control, we have amicably accepted to leave this location."



A reader writes in with some good news: "Gracie's Diner bought the Viand Diner a block over on 2nd & 86th. It's already renamed Gracie's on 2nd." So, after a shuffle, it's goodbye old Gracie's, goodbye Viand, and hello new Gracie's.

In the end, the city is down one diner and up another luxury condo tower.





9 comments:

Anonymous said...

OY.
I live around the corner.
Like we REALLY need more useless construction here in Yorkville these days.....It never ends.....

muzz said...

Condos. Hmmmm... with a Kale Bar in the lobby?

kingofnycabbies said...

Hopefully ex-Yankee David Wells will visit for old time's sake before it closes.

Anonymous said...

Will people in those luxury condos just have food delivered from warehouses or what....? -MJ

laura r. said...

86st east (@lex) is a very ugly block w/chainstores. the whole area or 1st ave, 2nd ave thru the 90's north is faceless skyscapers. by far the ugliest part of nyc. no surprise here.

laura r. said...

most of these buildings are used for corporate apts. meaning that they are for visiting executives. many apts are bought by overseas investors from china etc.

JAZ said...

@ laura

Actually 1st Ave in the 80s isn't nothing but faceless skyscrapers. There are quite a number of mom n pop spots, including Glaser's which has been at the same location for over 100 years, and tons of old walkups. Unfortunately 7-eleven has seeped in, but I think you are selling 1st Ave a little short.

laura r. said...

jaz i said north thru the 90s! once you pass 90th its a concrete jungle. remember all those streets were small buildings@ one time. yes i know 1st & 2nd in the 80s have bars & resturants etc. looks like they want to demolish the entire area.

Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry, I naturally meant to write "pre-modernist housing" in the post above, not "pre-modern". Big difference.
Please modify as deemed appropriate.

Cheers!
The Swede