Loss of East Houston Bodega Prompts Angry Graffiti

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

55 East Houston is the subject of some angry neighborhood sentiments against the perpetual cycle of upscaling. To put it bluntly, people are friggin’ pissed.

You’ll recall that the La Cocina Deli operated here at the corner of Mott Street for years, a breakfast lifeblood for many weekday commuters. But its life was abruptly terminated at the end of December. Before the business was out the door, so to speak, the brokerage had already skinned the facade in vinyl leasing signage to sell the property. The targeted clientele, however, is definitely not of the utilitarian bodega ilk. Hell no; it’s geared more toward the bag-toting Nolita fashionista.

Which elicited the graffiti.  It started relatively innocently last week with one tag mourning the loss of the bodega, but has since snowballed into a street campaign. The sleek signage and brown window paper are both covered in remarks bemoaning the possibility of another “shoe store,” Starbucks, or “trust fund boutique” for Nolita yuppies.

Recent Stories

streits-tour-boxes_wm
Documentary About Streit’s Matzo Scores Festival Run Just Before the Lower East Side Departure

The Streit’s Matzo factory only has a few months left on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood it called home for ninety years. After Passover – concluding April 11 – it’s all she wrote. In the end, it was filmmaker Michael Levine and producer Michael Green who chronicled the final years of the matzo-makers at […]

Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton St.
CB3 Fully Backs the Establishment of a Community Gardens District on the Lower East Side

In a huge boon to the area’s history of guerrilla gardening, Community Board 3 last night voted to support the creation of a Community Gardens District in the East Village/Lower East Side. That includes the remaining 46 gardens still located within its confines. The full board ratified the advisory resolution recommended by the Parks subcommittee […]

essex-snowman-twin-1
Behold! The Essex Street Snowman Now Has a Twin

The rather rotund Essex Street Snowman was sprayed with water, causing it to multiply like mogwai. Where there was once one, now two exist… Yes, there are now twin monstrous Essex Street Snowmen at the corner of Canal Street. In a quick change-up, the father-son team at the Chinese bodega created a second snow creature […]

mission-chinese-rent-orchard
Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled […]

straus-square
Straus Square Ready for $6.5M Safety Upgrade as Part of ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Initiative

In an overall bid to increase and implement “school safety” street improvements, the city will soon embark on a capital construction project to retool Straus Square in Chinatown/Lower East Side. The Department of Design and Construction is managing the $6.5 million push – dubbed “Safe Routes to Schools” – which includes changes such as reconstructing […]

  • Dunvegan

    This is heartbreaking. I lived a block from there from 1980 until we moved to the Lower East Side in 2008. I saw that bodega turn from a classic Domincan bodega to La Cocina Deli – I was probably in that place once a day for 25 years! It will be missed. (I can’t STAND “Nolita”.)