Sad new for diner fans: the Chelsea Gallery Diner on Seventh Avenue has closed. Jeremiah Moss notes that the owners of the 30-year-old greasy spoon put up a sign in the window recently that reads:
Due to our Madison Ave. lease and a dying customer base we have been forced to close our doors after 30 yrs at this location. We have watched our quaint neighborhood turn into the very ‘upscale Chelsea’ of today’s Manhattan. So let us remember a time when this diner was a meeting place for so many strange, unusual & different people to say the least. All were welcomed at a time when St. Vincent’s stood tall, the Halloween Parade was small and our diner at any given time could turn into a fun free for all.Jeremiah Moss writes that on an average night, you might find, "trekkers from the New York City Star Trek meet-up, gay bears and their admirers getting together, transgender folks mixing and mingling after a support group, or sober gays and lesbians coming in for fellowship after their 12-step meetings." A fan put together a short, but touching video homage to the restaurant.
· Chelsea Gallery Diner: Vanished [JVNY]
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