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Since 2007, Jeremiah Moss has kept a fascinating blog, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, with one eye toward New York City's storied past as well as its changing present and probable future. But the tone has become increasingly depressing as Jeremiah's posts have become more and more frequent as places that even he as a nostalgic, hyper-aware cynic had taken for granted, have recently closed. One of his most recent entries chronicles the shuttering of...
You know the story: Every week, another New York institution closes, say a dive bar that's been in Times Square since before the days of illegal Elmos or a diner that still serves egg creams the same way that they did in 1946. New York City's landscape is always shifting, which means that neighborhood stalwarts are always shuttering. It's a little heartbreaking. Just this year, we said goodbye to Cafe Yaffa, Edison Cafe, and...
Where were you when the news broke late yesterday afternoon that the 8th Street location of Gray's Papaya was closing? Oh, you're not sure you remember? You don't know when it happened exactly? Well, do you remember hearing an escalating wail emanating from a building in DUMBO as I found out that the 8th Street Gray's Papaya was closing? Probably you do, because I was really loud—really loud. And I'm still not quite over it. The...

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