Thursday, September 20, 2012

The campaign to 'Save our Neighborhood Diner' on University Place

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]

4 comments:

glamma said...

would "neighbors for a viable village" please start an official activist group? i would love to join. we need to channel the sh*t out of jane jacobs!!
And kudos to them for taking a stand against this!

Marty Wombacher said...

I live in the neighborhood and will sign this and will add that if it's a chain store I will definitely not shop there and will encourage others to stay away.

blue glass said...

unfortunately there are more of us then of them.
or locals that welcome the choice between chains and "locavore" or whatever.
or tourists that just want to eat.
used to e that a neighborhood could save a local asset and that not shopping there, or bad press meant something.
now all you need is a lot of money or one big name customer and everybody will flock there.
even for expensive bad food.

money money money
you can't eat money.

Anonymous said...

Boooooooooo! Me and my sis like 2 hang here! Lame!