Monday, October 17, 2011

219 First Avenue ready for a chain store, probably

The northwest corner of First Avenue and 13th Street has been under renovation for the past four years... (we last looked at it here).


(Via Flickr)

Now, workers have made enough progress on the formerly four-floor building that the ground floor retail space is on the market.


According to the listing... you can see for yourself...(Plus, if shows what the renovated building with additional floors looks like...)


Check out that list of neighboring tenants — all chains. And "sidewalk seating is permitted"?


Anyway, the ground floor here once housed the Mee Noodle Shop, a favorite spot for Allen Ginsburg.

Previously.

11 comments:

Joe said...

Six and half years later, I still miss Mee.

pennys herb co. said...

mee noodle shop was great!!
thats when our neighborhood was still a neighborhood.
change change ......

blue glass said...

we need another chase with a sidewalk starbucks cafe that sells ramen

Crazy Eddie said...

I truly miss Mee as well. I went there at least once a week. There was a petite waitress there who wore glasses (the Harry Potter kind) who sometimes bought her young daughter with her. She was great, the food was great and the kitchen was very efficient. To further illustrate the cultural change in the EV in just 6 ½ years, the groups of twenty something’s who eat in any affordable restaurant today versus the type back then, the difference is striking. Spice Cove, our favorite 6th street place, has been taken over with this “new” type who all believe that they are the center of the universe. Sorry for the middle age man vent, youth will always be served but must it be served with zero empathy?

Lindsay said...

Ihop 2: Electric Boogaloo

esquared said...

i say denny's or sonic burger or in n' out or chili's or the cheesecake factory or hooters or p.f. chang's or all of the above.

one'd be surprised how many are longing for these suburban establishments to come here in nyc. i've actually resigned to the suburbanization of new york city. fighting or paying attention to it is hopeless and depressing.

i've always say that the suburbs need the, or a, city for the suburbs to survive, but the/a city does not the suburbs for the city to survive. what will happen when nyc becomes the suburb?

nygrump said...

Spice Cove was recently sold, the new owners did some work on the the exhaust fan so it is marginally quieter and they seem more pleasant then the last group...but all those restaurants are curses on the residents. mark my words, a bad fire is due on this block because the City will nt regulate these 3rd world enterprises to 1st world requirements, I am so sick of my apt being filled with cooking smoke. But no city agency will do anything because I can't pinpoint which of the 67 restaurants is pumping out the pollution.

Crazy Eddie said...

@nygrump-thanks for that education, I was not aware, good points re the 6th street situation.

Anonymous said...

Dear God:

Please bring us a new chinese restaurant. Not Thai, Vietnamese or Cambodian. Not new Hong Kong Cantonese, not Szechuan, not Xi'an.

See eg Sammy's on 6th Avenue.

Thank you.

tim said...

A shame too because Senor Pollo looked like a nice immigrant run business. Would have played well in the old LES.

Kimmie said...

Lovely that I'll get to look at that monstrosity outside my bedroom window. That and the stupid blinking color-changing-neon Hampton Market Place sign (nice enough people, but I want to throw rocks at that awning so so badly).