Tuesday, September 02, 2008
A Sad Day for Bagels
The closing of David's Bagels is a serious loss for the East Village, a neighborhood formerly crawling with places to get fresh bagels. No more. Now we will have to either go very far to find a fresh bagel, or buy them from the heinous Hot & Crusty, which is more crusty and less hot. It's a carb factory of gigantic proportions and they even have the chutzpah to make pizza. I won't be surprised when they apply for their liquor license, just to keep up with their alcohol swilling neighbors. We loved our Asian-made bagels, warm every morning with too much cream cheese, and will miss this establishment enormously.
And, in an interesting sub-note, while David's says they lost their lease, presumably to enormous rent hikes, the candy store next to Hot & Crusty (all these stores are in the same building) was renovating this past weekend. The building above all these stores is a Condo building. Who then owns the leases to the stores in that building? I wonder how that works. Is it the board of the Condo building raising the rents? I would like some answers, if anybody knows, please share.