It hasn’t happened since 1991. Back then building workers went on strike, forcing residents to sort the mail, guard the doors and operate the freight elevators. (I did the freight elevators and got pretty good at it.)
New York City has good bones. In the swivel of every moment and in the mad blur of millions of lives lived uptown and downtown, our grid sits unchanged. But global warming could change all of that. New Yorkers now face threats from climate change that will only become more common with every passing decade. With sea-levels rising around Manhattan, flooding in New York City will no longer feel like a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
It all started with John Henry Glaser. He opened Glaser’s Bake Shop in 1902 after moving to Yorkville from Germany, back when New York still had its Germantown. Over the past 116 years, Glaser’s has gone from a humble bread-making operation into a beloved neighborhood institution.
Nothing is forever, and it breaks our heart that Glaser’s will close on July 1.
Almost all the German cafes, restaurants, and beer halls in Yorkville are closed. Cafe Geiger. Rheinland Restaurant. Bavarian Inn and Bar. Cafe Hindenberg. Foresters Restaurant. Maxl’s. Bremen House. Cafe Wieneke. Once thriving businesses, now a memory.
But one German restaurant perseveres — Heidelberg Restaurant. It’s been in the same location for more than a century: 1648 2nd Avenue at 85th Street.
It’s been a little over a year since the Second Avenue subway opened. Since then, countless New Yorkers have christened the new line, maneuvering the morning rush with commuter efficiency and finally settling, chins pointed at their iPhones, into a triumphant sense that yes, there’s a new subway, and yes, my New York moment feels better.