The dead spot of 12th Street and Ave A shows little progress since I last posted in July, and what we will be getting isn't worth the wait.
Northwest: construction permits say it will be a coffee shop. Thanks, the thousand coffee shops (including one tea shop) in a one block radius just isn't enough. When you need to go out to type in public, the East Village is the place to be.
Let's see if I can name the competition:
Ciao for Now
There's a coffee shop on Ave B & 11th St but I don't know the name
There is another one on Ave A around 13th St with books in the window but I don't know the name unless it's Gramstand and then I'm wrong.
Southwest: Poppy's deli is incredibly lame. The wonder bread selection just doesn't do it for me.
Southeast: the new Chico mural indicates an overpriced hamburger joint will be opening.
Northeast: the rabid construction of the building that had the suspicious fire that resulted in the removal of many rent regulated tenants has abated with the cold weather. The tarps on the roof make incredible noise when the wind blows. I am watching out for another illegal story, just like the building next door to this one who surreptitiously put up another floor when nobody was paying attention. It can't be seen from the street but you can kind of see the little bump in this photo of the white wall (on top of the building with the yellow front), which is the slant going upward of the illegal (I believe illegal) addition.