This is Leshko’s Coffee Shop in 1984 [PHOTOS]
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Leshko’s in 1984, Photo: Susan Fensten
This photo dates back to 1984, and shows 111 Avenue A long before the deplorable Yuca Bar took over. That’s Leshko’s on the corner, the beloved Ukrainian diner founded in 1957.
Photographer and native New Yorker Susan Fensten says of her photo: “We were riding around in my friend’s ’67 Chevy Impala convertible, and I took a couple random shots on Avenue A.”
The image certainly captured the moment.
The Slavic-based Leshko’s of yore closed in 1999, and reopened under new ownership. It never quite caught on. Despite another change in ownership four years later, the diner was run into the ground. Yuca Bar arrived shortly thereafter.