08 January 2009

Here We Go Again

The Cheyenne Diner is on death's door again!

After being shoved to the brink last spring in favor of a nine-story building, Queens-based preservationist Michael Perlman hooked Brooklyn developer Mike O'Connell (Greg's son) on the idea of transporting the diner to Red Hook, when it would begin its new life. Then summer passed. And autumn. And O'Connell began to gripe about the cost of carting the damn thing. It wouldn't fit over the Manhattan Bridge. And floating it down the East River was too expensive.

O'Connell has now abandoned the project, Perlman tells us in an emergency e-mail. The Cheyenne is again for sale at a "reasonable but negotiable price."

Perlman has already received notification from potential buyers from NY, MI, AL, & UT. While the Cheyenne can potentially land a good home out of state, many patrons are praying that a NY-based buyer will contact the Committee at unlockthevault@hotmail.com, so it can ideally remain closer to its roots than the Moondance Diner in WY. All information will then be relayed to Mike O’Connell and George Papas. Rigging costs will vary upon where the diner is transported to and the route. The diner can be transported in 2 sections. According to PropertyShark.com, the Cheyenne Diner's building dimensions are 15 ft x 96 ft (2,000 sq ft), Lot dimensions 19.75 ft x 100 ft (1,975 sq ft).

Sigh. Making people truly care is hard work.


Anonymous said...

Mid-century architecture is like an endangered species.

Anonymous said...

Red Hook already has a good diner (Hope & Anchor). Do you think the neighborhood could support 2 at this point? Hope & Anchor often doesn't seem all that crowded so I'm not so sure another diner would fare all that well in the area.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

I think the diners would be very different eating experiences. Both are in the same category of restaurant only in the loosest sense.

Anonymous said...

Saw this on the door today:


Demo, eh? Not exactly a moving company.