Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Wow, the good news about NYC Retro Roadmap fun comes just in time to salve the stinging blow that The Empire Diner is closing in the middle of May!

Thanks to Glenn Wells of the Roadside Fans group for spreading the (sad) news. I’m leaving today….

Empire Diner to close soon
Published: Thursday, April 8, 2010 6:08 PM CDT
“Speaking to Chelsea Now on April 6th, proprietor Renate Gonzalez confirmed “May 15th is our last day of operations. We have lost our lease.” The news, given to her by the landlord’s attorney, came as an unpleasant surprise. Gonzalez: “We had a meeting. We thought we renegotiated and agreed to another ten-year lease; we shook hands. The day before Christmas, we got a message from his attorney that he had signed a lease with somebody else; another restaurant.”

Read the entire article on the closing of the Empire Diner here.

I remember making a point of coming here when my sisters and mum and I all went to NYC way back in the lateighties, early 90’s, and being thrilled by being in such a cosmopolitan version of a diner. I remember getting the chicken fried steak, and trying to collect all the post cards. And now I realize that even that era is close to being vintage and retro!

I guess the times they are a changin’ but it sure will be sad to see this place go- so go there while you still can!

The Empire Diner
Empire Diner
210 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011-4784
(212) 243-2736

Get yourself to the Empire Diner before it closes- I’ve made it easy by putting it on the Retro Roadmap!

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Well if this isn’t worth hopping into the RetroMobile and trekking to New York City for, I don’t know what is!

John Margolies: Roadside America brings together approximately 400 color photographs of Main Street signs, storefronts, movie theaters and drive-ins, gas stations, short-order restaurants, motels, roadside attractions, miniature golf courses, coastal resorts, giant figures, and statuary.

John Margolies: Roadside America Celebration, book signing, and reception Wednesday, April 14

“In an age when online shopping and mega-malls have reconfigured American consumerism, stripping away idiosyncrasy in favor of a bland homogeneity, Margolies’s 30-year survey reminds us of a more innocent, unpredictable, and colorful past.”

If you’re a fan of roadside architecture, take a look at your library and you probably own at least one book by John Margolies-  and if you don’t here’s a list from Amazon of John Margolies’ books to help you see what you’ve been missing! I haven’t collected ’em all and am still sore that I lost the mini-golf book in an ill fated romance years back, but here’s a chance to see the man in person and pick up his latest tome, Roadside America!

Retro Roadhusband and I leap at any excuse to head to New York City, so we’re heading up to NYC next Wednesday for the event. We’ll be the bespectacled couple with the enthusiasm of out-of-towners  – join us won’t you?

Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband

Taschen American
107 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012

Here’s Taschen on the RetroRoadmap!

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Just got hipped to this vintage cruise ship exhibit in New York City by my pal Kiki and had to share:

DecoDence: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie
The South Street Seaport Museum, New York February 2010 through January 2011

The S.S. Normandie was the epitome of Art Deco-era style and sophistication – the largest, fastest and most glamorous of the so-called “floating palaces” of the early and mid-20th century.Her innovative, award-winning hull design was rivaled only by her unprecedented interior luxuries.


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Just a quick holiday reminder that because you’re such a loyal reader of Retro Roadmap, you get a great discount on tickets to an off Broadway musical! I think these would make a perfect gift- who could resist a night in the big city and a show! Memories are made from events like this, not out of some thing you buy in a big box store, ya know! Just a word to the wise the show closes on January 3, so take advantage of this opportunity today!

Discount for Retro Roadmap Readers -The Marvelous Wonderettes!

I have a great offer to share with my loyal Retro Roadmap Readers – discount tickets to the musical show  The Marvelous Wonderettes !


I can’t wait to head up to New York City to see this with Retro Roadhusband, as it looks like a lot of fun:


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As the guide from the Dorothy Parker Walking Tour that I went on recently so aptly put it, “In New York, Real Estate is Everything”. Since the money that can be made from a location, location, location can be astounding, this reality of realty makes it difficult to find places that still exist from the eras that we have such a fondness for.

One place that manages to straddle the lines between history and commerce is Bond 45 Restaurant. While we only had a drink at the bar during our visit, this would be a place where I could see us getting dinner before heading to a Broadway show, and pretending we were “back in the day”.

Bond 45 Restaurant New York City

Located on 154 West 45th, Bond 45 is built on the site of The Hammerstein Theatre where the Ziegfeld Follies began. Later and probably more famously it was Bond clothing store, and made history when its sign was in the background of the famous “World War II Sailor Kissing Nurse” photo:

Sailor Kissing Girl

Though you would not know it by looking at it, the current incarnation as restaurant Bond 45 has only been around for the past 6 years or so. Dark wood, sepia lighting, tile floors, vintage bar back, the place evokes the city as it was during the first half of the last century.

The fare is Italian, and portions are generous from what we could see whizzing by us as we ponied up to the bar for an afternoon cocktail. Keeping in style with the place I had a very tasty Whiskey Smash, cousin of the Mint Julep, my drinking partner opted for a more current Brooklyn Lager.

Whiskey Smash

Sitting at the bar, looking at the reflections of the couples and families in the smoked mirror behind the bar, I could not help but feel if but for a moment, that I had been transported back in time, back to Old New York.

Bond 45 Restaurant
154 West 45th Street
(between 6th and 7th Aves., just off 7th)
New York, NY 10036

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