Walking New York

A fat lazy idiot tries to walk every street in Manhattan.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Day 38 Photos - Fallen Retail

Sometimes you cheer when a restaurant fails, especially when it's a Blimpies:



And sometimes it's a little sad, even though the place was overpriced and not that good, to know that in a couple months it'll just be another 42nd St. sneaker store:



The great Manhattan Bennigans experiment fails after less than a year:



Not exactly a Bennigans, but probably the saddest of all for fans of old New York (and Home Alone 2): The Plaza Hotel, which will reopen early in 2007 as a half-condo run by a hotel chain. It'll still be somewhat of a hotel, at least, but I remember hearing that they were auctioning off all the furniture and art, so what's going to be in it?



The final dead storefront is this prime retail space from 42nd St between 6th and 7th Avenues. Kind of a weird block, but I predict that just like Times Square is forever creeping up into the low 50s, touristy neon 42nd Street will keep edging east until it meets Grand Central sometime mid-century.

1 Comments:

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous tamasha said...

I'm glad that Bennigan's failed. The restaurant that was there before, Jack Rose, was much nicer. Plus, I can't help ut hate chains, ESPECIALLY Bennigan's.

 

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