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Wanna Buy a Diner?

Wanna Buy a Diner?

Excellent NY real estate and city blog Curbed.com reports on the recent NY Times story about the state of the Munson Diner, poised at the end of my block here in Hell’s Kitchen. The chrome relic is for sale by the Volvo dealership that bought it and plans to expand onto the Munson’s spot.

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[The Munson Diner. Photo credit: Robert Gniewek/Louis Meisel Gallery, via PODgallery (used with permission).]

Back in August, I sadly blogged about the closing of the Munson, in business 24 hours a day for more than 50 years here on the west side of Manhattan. In the Times last week, Dan Barry reported:

Fred Fasman, 64, whose parents, Leona and Charles, ran the Munson on 11th Avenue for many years, still hears that diner lingo. He lives in Ludlow, Ky., having left New York long ago, but he can see himself at that grill as though it were yesterday morning, heeding the waitress call to “wreck ’em” and “whiskey down” for another order of scrambled eggs with rye toast.

He tells the Munson Diner story of the counterman who ignored a gangster’s command to turn the radio down. The thug shot the radio off the shelf and left, but not before saying: “Next time, you.”

The bullet hole is still there, Mr. Fasman says from Kentucky, in the metal chrome.

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