Friday, August 3, 2012

Gas station switcheroo shocker on Second Avenue: Gulf now a BP; bagels still served

Last night, we went for our usual morning bagel at the Gulf station on Second Avenue and East First Street and...


Whoa! BP!



Inside, while trying to overcharge me $1 for a fucking bottle of water, the attendant told me that the station made the switch on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, bagels are still on the menu...


But can we ever eat a BP bagel?

[The good old days of Gulf bagels]

13 comments:

Marty Wombacher said...

Ditch the BP bagels and eat at Tompkins Square Bagels. They don't have that "tired" taste of a gas station bagel!

Anonymous said...

I will boycott this company for life after what they did to the planet.

Anonymous said...

From Gulf bagels to Gulf of Mexico destroyer. Altho at least for now they are not building a hideous condo on the site.

aveaisessex said...

Tompkins Square Bagels are overrated.

There, I said it.

dmbream said...

@aveaisessex: Compared to a gas station's fare?

C'mon...

EV Grieve said...

And I was only joking about eating bagels here... I was always amused that they had such large signage advertising bagels near piles of tires, etc.

Goggla said...

Ha - the bagel sign next to the stack of tires is too funny.

Harry Angstrom said...

@dmbream

Was just taking a mini-tangent to say I really think they are overrated, at least on this blog. Believe me, I wish it wasn't so.

BUT, if we were to get in the weeds and turn it into a real hypothetical (walking two avenues and nine-or-so blocks from the newly-minted BP station to TSB, simply to get a better baked good), then yes. I'll take a poppy BP bagel with cream cheese.

Anonymous said...

So weird, I was just dreaming about that gas station. My family used to take their car there for repairs. Hyman (Hymie) & Warren. I'm talking like 45 years ago. Amazing how 45 years can seem like yesterday, and explains so much about why we tend to resent a changing city.

Anonymous said...

Why EVG are you buying anything at the gas station, this is not exactly the middle of nowhere.

Anonymous said...

@aveaisessex - agreed. Check some of their 1 and 2 star ratings on Yelp, a lot of people agree with us.

Anonymous said...

At least there's still a gas station hanging on in Manhattan, and an adjoining mechanic shop staffed by Mannie and his crew of hardworking characters (at least I hope he and they haven't changed). Yes, BP is evil--but that space is also one of the last genuinely working class holdouts around in the East Village. I don't remember seeing bagels, by the way; but the Nigerian guy working the cashier always has a nice smile going on. For a link about this station, and Manhattan's dying gas stations: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20111009/TRANSPORTATION/310099981

Eat Here Get Gas said...

@Anonymous 10:27 PM:

Gas stations are closing in an area of the city that is traffic congested and where traffic rules are generally unenforced. So sad.

From the URL you posted:

Clean may not be the word that first springs to mind to describe a gas station site, which is usually regarded as contaminated. But cleanups are seen as less of a problem these days, thanks to improved technology and city oversight. Remediating the area around underground gas tanks can take as few as three days in the city, with costs totaling around $500,000, according to Mr. Kalish.