I was devastated when today, in the sweltering weather I thought without any hesitation "I need an icey!" And turned in the direction of the Fifth Avenue Pizzeria (Union and 5th) and to my HORROR I saw a "For Rent" sign!!
I LOVE that place, it had a special place in my heart. I remember being really really young and my family and neighbors going there to have a few slices or beat the summer heat with some iceys. It was one of the last "true" 5th avenue businesses, before the wave of hipsters and trust fund babies and Brooklyn Industries clad yuppies swarmed the neighborhood.
I suppose now the "7th avenue-ization" of 5th Avenue is complete, one of the last bastions of the old neighborhood has been struck down.
I guess in a few weeks there will be another ostentatious look-alike frou frou bar with tables on the sidewalk serving the new gentry that has homogenized and gentrified the avenue.