[Photo by Paul Kostabi via Instagram]
Multiple EVG readers let us now that in the late night/early morning hours, workers took down the familiar Moishe's Bake Shop letters at 115 Second Ave. (EVG reader Ryan spotted the work happening at 1:30 a.m.)
While this retail space has been for lease since last summer, there hasn't been any mention of a closure from the owners of Moishe's. (The only sign in the window states that they are closed on Saturdays and open on Sundays.)
There is a complaint on file with the Department of Buildings dated April 11 (in the DOB's ALL-CAP style):
FROM THE RT. SIDE, YOU CAN SEE THE NEW BUILDING HAS "SHIFTED" & THE WALLS HAVE MANY HOLES. THE BENDED CANOPY IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE WALL & IS COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE WALL, AT LEAST BY 4 INCHES.
The DOB issued an Environmental Control Board (ECB) violation for "failure to maintain front facade." So perhaps this is the first step in renovating the storefront to meet the DOB's standards.
The bakery, which opened in 1978 (or maybe 1972), returned last Sunday after being off for the Passover holiday. Moishe's is one of the many merchants whose business tailed off in the days after the Second Avenue explosion.
In a widely circulated Associated Press photo from March 27, owner Moishe Perlmutter was seen offering the FDNY some of his baked goods...
Updated 9:13 a.m.
Several readers spoke with Moishe at the shop yesterday... he reported that the sign will return after the facade repair... and that they are not going anywhere.