Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Google ad now covers the iconic Yaffa Cafe mural on St. Mark's Place



Several readers have pointed out that this Google App ad is now up outside Yaffa Cafe, the 31-year-old restaurant at 97 St. Mark's Place...


[Photo via John A. Cecil]

A film crew was here last Friday ... and they put up and removed the banner in about 20 minutes...


[Photo from Friday by Allen Semanco]

We reached out to the folks at Yaffa to find out more about this. Unfortunately, the restaurant is currently (and temporarily) closed. The DOH closed them last Friday after failing an inspection. And Yaffa's phone is currently not in service.

Anyway, at this point, we're unsure if the ad is temporary or permanent.

Updated 5:13 p.m.

It looks pretty permanent. The ad is framed and screwed into the building, so to speak…

Updated 9/12

A little history of the mural, which went up in 1993. It is a self-portrait of Lika Ramati, (former?) co-owner with her husband, Amir, of Simone and Yaffa Cafe.

Updated 10:28 a.m.

Yaffa says the mural will be return...



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are people really so fucking dumb that they need an app to tell them what tahini is made of?

Anonymous said...

Dear Google, What is the best recipe for ice?

Anonymous said...

Out with the artist painted murals and in with Corporate America billboards, its the end for sure.

Anonymous said...

say the word and ill take it down tonight.

Dan D. said...

@Anon 4:23 Are people really so fucking rude and judgmental that they think someone's knowledge of tahini ingredients is a good proxy for their overall intelligence and worth as a person?

Anyway, this is sad to me somehow - I don't know what it was about that mural but I always loved it for some reason. It always reminded me of Regina Spektor's album Soviet Kitsch, and I wondered if the album cover was somehow inspired by this - surely Regina spent some time around St. Marks at the time...

Anonymous said...

Ha according to the NYC DOH
you do not want to know the answer to Google's question ?

Trixie said...

Maybe Yaffa leased the space to get the money to fix the violations and get themselves back open again. I hope so, I've got a soft spot for that old picture too.

Anonymous said...

Oh no. They are closed again? What's up with that? Are there really that many violations, or are they being picked on by the DOH? I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

If that mural is gone permanently, then that's the last straw for me. I will leave NYC.

Anonymous said...

soooo Dan D., I take it you have no clue what tahini is made of, yeah?

I kid! Look, I'm not saying you (the general you) are some sort of rube because you don't know what's in tahini. I look stuff up all the time! But why do you need a goddamn APP for that? Is regular Google just not good enough? Or maybe just ask your falafel guy what's in the "white sauce"?

C-Mon said...

Gah.

Anonymous said...

Ex mayor Bloomberg targeted our neigborhood as a place welcoming of the tech industry. The hideous building at Astor place was built with that agenda in mind. Facebook, Microsoft, among others all have a corporate presence on Astor Place. Is anyone really surprised that these tech giants are beginning to make their presence known locally, in the only way they know how?

Trixie said...

I used the google app today as a matter of fact because Safari wasn't working for some reason, and the app worked fine, but usually I'll just google from my browser.

Anonymous said...

I saw one of those on the door of the Strand today too.

Crazy Eddie said...

Boy, the movie “They Live" is becoming more and more prescient each day.

Giovanni said...

A word to the wise: Never ask the falafel guy "what's in the white sauce?" unless you really want to get your stomach pumped at the nearest hospital.

Anonymous said...

I've an issue with the whole google shit. But with covering up jaffas, who gives a fuck? Their food sucks, and I stopped going there in 08 when at 3am weekdays. I would go there the write, coffee and cake. Was told I can't sit at the 4 person table cause I'm only a single... I was the only fucking person in the place most times... Don't give a fuck if you close down, shitty food, and even shittier service.

Uncle Waltie said...

That mural always reminded me of the movie "The Night Porter" The last thing I wanna see on this wall is a stupid Google ad.

Daho said...

I've always loved that mural, but my soft spot for Yaffa was lost a long time ago. Not sure if they changed ownership or what, but whatever it used to have was gone.

Anonymous said...

4:47 I like your style;)

blackatheart said...

Lololol

Anonymous said...

The mural was painted by Federico Castelluccio aka Furio from The Sopranos in 1992.
One was on the outside wall and the other was on the wall in the back garden area of the restaurant. Both paintings were portraits of the co-owner Lika at the time. The painting in the garden was destroyed due to weathering but was replaced with a full size high quality print..
More info https://www.facebook.com/YMCentertainment

Anonymous said...

i'm with anonymous. the place was shit. if you don't take care of your business, do simple maintenance to maintain the integrity of the establishment, and take pride in the food and service you produce, you don't deserve to own a business. The last time i went they cleaned the table we were already sitting on with a moldy rag and had to move because we couldn't handle the smell. no thank you.