And over on Eighth Street just west of Broadway... there's signage announcing the new tenant — an outpost of Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company... coming this fall.
Despite the name, the 15-year-old company has three locations in Astoria, one in Chelsea and none in Brooklyn. You can find their menu, which includes a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads, here.
In 2016, Gothamist named Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company the city's "Best Chain Bagels." Per Gothamist:
[They sell] spectacular hand-rolled doughy bagels, appropriately crispy-crusted and accompanied by what seems like thousands of spreads and proteins. They have a flavor-of-the-week cream cheese that has, at times, been cannoli cream, red velvet, spinach and white chocolate raspberry. Expect long lines in Astoria on weekday mornings, but your breakfast will be worth the wait.
Thanks to EVG reader Brigitte for the photo and tip!