It was a dark and stormy night. So runs the classic opening line of the worst of all possible novels. Well, in Manhattan it may be a dark and stormy day. Who knows what shadows lurk in the streets of Manhattan? The New York Times knows.
Firenze Ristorante, a rustic Italian bistro and longtime presence along Second Avenue, has survived thirty years in business and now, a four-alarm fire. Luckily, patrons only need to walk south two blocks to see the newly refurbished restaurant.
What made me start to think about the demise of New York coffee shops was the surprise closure of Gene’s Coffee Shop (pictured above), a favorite local institution on East 60th Street between Madison and Park. An eviction sign in the window suggested that the owners were forced out, at least in part, by the rent.
Developers are raring to line their pockets. New zoning regulations would kickstart what the Commercial Observer describes as “a forest of new office towers in one of the city’s densest commercial districts.” The Midtown East upzoning proposal had gone from “a hotly contested rezoning under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to a relatively uncontroversial one under Mayor Bill de Blasio.”
Everyone is entitled to his opinion, including our social critic, Robert Joselow. Thus, we offer his list of signs that a restaurant may not be to his liking. We don’t necessarily agree with all of these points and have added our own comments. Feel free to put in your two cents.