I ate my leftovers of this monster from @juniorscheesecake last night—“Something Different,” brisket between latkes, and handfuls of brisket at that. @mnfzzz correctly noted that the latkes were bigger than hockey pucks. Now I’m snowed in and deeply regretful I polished it off already.
Junior’s is the first diner I’ve visited with a heavy menu of Jewish deli food. Owner Harry Rosen planned it as a place for big servings of comfort food back in 1950, after his long-running nightspot restaurant, Enduro, failed during the 1949 recession. The Enduro sounds like it was a blast—every NYC paper of the 40s is stuffed with stories about Harry’s weisenheimer antics at the “three-ring circus” he ran at the same location as today’s Junior’s. But its failure led to some excellent brisket, so no complaints here.
Greenpoint’s Sunset Diner ranks as a solid C- in actual dining experience, but it’s cheap and quick and a real neighborhoody spot. People, their *deluxe* cheeseburger is $8.15. The food is thoroughly mediocre—my bacon was somehow chewy and hard at the same time—but you can’t beat the prices. The ceiling tiles look chrome and likely original, and there’s some slapdash neon and pseudo-kitsch, like a dusty wooden ship (sadly not depicted, as I noticed it on the way out when the proprietor was already glaring at me for taking photos). The general air is of benign apathy, which is pretty damn diner-y.
In doing background research, I learned that the place was another coffee shop, called Jack & Jill, in the 80s, and it got the name Sunset Diner in 1984, if not earlier. I was able to find an 80s-era photo of the shop in the NYC Municipal Archives’ digital collection, but it’s so grainy all you can really make out is DONUTS—COFFEE.
Back In 1916, the lot was a liquor store with a bowling alley in the basement. I can’t help wondering whether it’s still down there, now housing cases of domestic beer and stacks of take-out cups. (Last 2 photos credited to NYC Municipal Archives and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.)
The Sunview Luncheonette closed a decade ago, but inside, it’s an untouched vision of iceboxes and $2 breakfasts. Dee and Lou Koutros opened it in 1963 and welcomed diner guests for 54 years, until the DOH shut them down. The diner was also known as Bee’s, from an affectionate nickname for Dee by a regular.
I was lucky enough to walk by when there was activity inside—turns out it’s been operating as a community arts space for a few years, hosting shows and readings and even a cooking camp for kids. And before its luncheonette days, the lot was a grocery and tenement dating back to at least 1895, when the neighborhood was just being developed. (I’ll report back later with more of my findings.)
Am 28.Mai 1930 wurde das Chrysler Building eröffnet. Es war mit 77 Stockwerken auf 319 Metern Höhe nicht nur das höchste Gebäude, sondern auch das erste Bauwerk welches den bereits 1889 erbauten Eiffelturm in Paris übertraf, und somit zur höchsten jemals errichteten Struktur aufstieg.
Stilistisch für diese Wolkenkratzerikone sind die Wasserspeier an den Rücksprüngen (den so genannten setbacks), die Kühlerfiguren Chrysler Automobile nach gestaltet sind. Ebenso die Dachkonstruktion aus Edelstahl, die Radkappen darstellen sollen.
Die Aufnahme zeigt einen der Wasserspeier unmittelbar nach 1970, hoch über der Skyline Upper Midtowns. In unmittelbarer Nähe im Hintergrund zu erkennen sind Mercantile Building und Lincoln Building.