EV Grieve reader and food blogger BaHa wrote a short tribute to the space at Daily News:
Twenty-five years ago, there wasn’t much shining on Avenue A past midnight: In 1985, the hottest businesses in the area pushed heroin, not cupcakes. Graceland was transformative. Not only was it a place to get cilantro and light bulbs at four in the morning, it was part of the community. Halloween candy was handed out; if a regular didn’t show up for a while, they were asked about...
Rumor has it that another grocery may come in its place. Better than a bank, I guess, but you can get find food on pretty much any block in the neighborhood now, from vegan to gluten-free. What you can find less and less, however, is something far more important: a sense of community.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Graceland is closing in the next 10 days
Nicky's staying in the East Village; Graceland moving out?
Graceland addresses its customers