It's been a sad time for the chieftains of Gotham institutions.
The men behind two New York mainstays passed away in recent days. Stefan Lutak, long the owner of the Holiday Cocktail Lounge dive in the East Village, died. Recently, he has been hospitalized, causing the tavern to close for a number of days. He was 88.
Also, Milton Parker, owner of the Carnegie Deli since 1976, died last week. He turned the venerable delicatessen into a New York landmark, popular with tourist, locals and celebrities alike. He was 90.
The lesson here? Eat and drink well, and a lot. You'll live longer.