As you may have read at Jeremiah's Vanishing New York and Flaming Pablum, University Diner on University Place at East 12th Street shuttered after 60 years of continuous service. The diner closed yesterday for good at 4 p.m.
Eater noted that the landlord is seeking $40,000 a month in rent. Probably right in the price range for a 7-Eleven.
Regardless, some fed up neighbors are petitioning the landlord "to only consider renting to a similar diner/restaurant: One that is low-key (soft lighting), affordable, with the same welcoming, friendly feeling."
And "NO! to franchises, bank fronts, noisy bars, phone stores..."
Unfortunately, in the NYC of today, that's all we really ever get.
Regardless, bravo to the "Neighbors for a Viable Village." If you're in that area, then please be sure to swing by and sign the petition. (Jeremiah has a post on the petition today too. Read his take here.)
[Thanks to EVG reader Scott for the photo]