Friday, July 24, 2020

Here's your Ralph's signage on Avenue A



As we've been reporting, an outpost of Ralph's Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream is coming to 145 Avenue A and Ninth Street.

And as you can see, the Ralph's signage has arrived. (Thanks to Steven for the photo!)

The business dates to 1928 when Ralph Silvestro started selling Italian ice (or water ice) from his truck around Staten Island. The first retail store opened in 1949 on Port Richmond Avenue in Staten Island. In recent years the company has franchised out, expanding to other parts of NYC as well as Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester County.

No word about an opening date just yet for Ralph's.

16 comments:

noble neolani said...

How refreshing in so many ways beyond the frozen treats. So old school, love it.

Jack said...

Great to see that Ave A will turn into the jersey shore. God help us all.

Gojira said...

Guessing they will re-open right after the heat wave breaks in October, when no one will want ice cream.

Anonymous said...

I get my ice from the cart at 7+B.

Giovanni said...

Ralph’s is one of the better places to get ice cream on a hot day. I wish them well.

If you’re up near Fairway on 2nd Avenue check out Surreal Creamery on 30th St. Their bubble tea with soft serve ice cream are incredible ( and huge) and they also serve ice cream sundae concoctions in real Mason jars.

afbp said...

good luck---the TAKE OUT window makes a lot of sense :)

Anonymous said...

Jack,

Ralph's is classic New York, not Jersey Shore. Would you have preferred this to have stayed GelArto?

Anonymous said...

you should be thrilled to see a new business open. do you understand that ave a is probably going to be a ghost town? does anyone really understand how bad it's going to be around here? the empty stories aren't coming back. neither are the bars, bros, or most restaurants . jersey shore? more like skid row in Los Angeles. please wake up.

Anonymous said...

I wish them well. But what a time to be starting a new business in the East Village.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the above comments about empty storefronts, walking around lately I have seen quite a few empty storefronts now papered over with/or construction going on inside. Surprising but true!

Alpha Whiskey said...

I REALLY love how this looks like old New York and not something trendy

Pat said...

Ralph's is seasonal. The Ralph's on Second Avenue & 22nd Street closed around Halloween last year. Ditto for the Ralph's on 24th near Lexington that closed when the building was sold. Always had just a take out counter and seasonal, unless they change their policy. I like them, a little pricey, considering there is no place to sit, but good product.

Anonymous said...

A million times this. We can’t be picky in the short term, lest we revisit the 1970s

BagelGuy said...

@Ralphs Good luck and much success. We are m now neighbors. If you need anything come see us down the road.

Reason said...

Nice and classic

creature said...

I will try some just for the unpretentious sign.