Recently I was lamenting a new coffee shop set to open on the corner of 12th St & Ave A, feeling that there were already too many, too much coffee. Well, I wasn't wrong, there were too many, because three of them have closed in the last week or two. And I realized I couldn't remember Rapture (closed) and totally forgot about Dynasty (closed).
Dynasty, on 14th and B, was an institution (for those who like dirty institutions). This was the go-to place for really cheap breakfast specials, kept in place long after breakfast specials turned into expensive brunch menus everywhere else. Apparently the mental health of the neighborhood was being destroyed (click on the photo and look at the sign.)
Two coffee shops on Avenue A that weren't open for very long, both closed at the same time. Rapture (which also was a book shop, sort of) is gone. And Gramstand, which was a very typical carb, coffee and couch spot is also out of our memories as quickly as it entered.