Two years ago, I came up this old Yorkville deli on First Avenue and 78th. It had just closed. I loved the name and the sign and mourned the loss.
By accident, I passed by the same corner the other day. My Spidey sense was tingling. I knew I knew the crossroads somehow. Sure enough, the former home of Gold Star Deli. And no new tenant in two years time.
The sign was gone, but the interior was in the same shambles I remember, shelving here and boxes there.
Same posters in the window. Same ads.
It's a kind of work of urban art. And then there's this, an image replete with humor, pathos and irony: