The deli/market on University Place and 13th Street is no more. On Twitter, Deb Schwartz posted a photo of the shuttered spot and noted that the place has been here for 47 years:
Chris Bandini sends in a shot of the market's heartfelt goodbye sign. Lee, its author, begins: "Thank you for letting us serve you for last 30 years," and remembers watching children grow into adults, get married, and pass on.
This is why we grieve the loss of mom and pops as they're evicted and
replaced by national chains, luxury condos, and banks -- because they
are family. They know us and we know them. This was a good market--an alternative (one of the last) to the glut of ever-spreading chains in the area.
I don't know why the University Place deli has closed, but this entire area is being wiped out. The deli's building is right next to what had been the Bowlmor Lanes building, gutted and soon demolished for luxury condos. What will be the fate of this little tenement?
University Diner was kicked out a couple years ago and it's been gangbusters since. Right around the corner, Bennie Louie Chinese Laundry is getting kicked out after two or three generations. A block away, Jack Bistro was kicked out to become a TD Bank. Realtors and developers are hyping the area around 12th and University as the new "Gold Coast."
And I have heard some unsettling chatter about the future of Cinema Village, which is right in the middle of this endangered zone.
Somebody, do something. #SaveNYC.