Delancey Street McDonald’s Undergoes Major Gut Renovation

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 at 5:02 am by

That morning Egg McMuffin and coffee will need to wait. The Delancey Street McDonald’s at the corner of Essex is currently out of commission.

The restaurant, sometimes a bastion of late-night violence, is currently undergoing massive gut renovation. Contractors armed with jackhammers are tearing the joint apart. What you remember of the place is no longer there, save for the vinyl window branding.

One worker onsite tells us that McDonald’s is behind the rehab and will eventually return. However, our comment to corporate went unanswered.

The fast food joint at 116 Delancey Street has been operating here for well over a decade. It’s open 24 hours and is always busy, especially late night. Sometimes that turns to trouble, though. For instance, in November 2015, a 64-year-old staffer had his head stomped after asking a man to buy something or leave.

Apparently, not everyone is happy with the construction as evidenced by the ginormous rat that took up residence on the sidewalk. This is the symbol for non-union jobs.

The closest McDonald’s to this location is down on Madison Street, just east of Rutgers.

Flashback to October 2013 when Banksy fashioned this faux Ronald McDonald with shoeshiner…

Photo: Laura from the LES

Recent Stories

Clayton’s Corner: Overthrow the Wrong Way

In this installment of Clayton’s Corner, photographer Clayton Patterson shares news that the Overthrow boxing gym on Bleecker Street is back in action. Then, crosstown on Essex Street, two cops stopped for a quick slice. However, flouting traffic by driving the wrong way to park in front of Champion Pizza. This move seemed to irk […]

How COVID and a Bus Stop Chased Benson’s from Essex Street

The following guest post was penned by Boogie reader Sydney Fishman. For five years, Benson’s held down the corner of East Houston and Essex Streets with craft beers, sumptuous burgers, and the occasional movie night. The movie nights, according to owner Annie Morton, were the highlight of Benson’s tenure on the Lower East Side. Before […]

Next Phase of Market Line at Essex Crossing Now Visible

With scaffolding and other construction elements removed from The Artisan building at Essex Crossing, another part of the Market Line is coming into focus. Unlike the westernmost third of the Market Line, this section beneath 180 Broome Street feels less like a dungeon. Design elements, including massive grand staircase and full facade glass open the […]

14-Story Eldridge Street Hotel Hit with Stop Work Order

The hotel newcomer underway on lower Eldridge Street – recently topped out at fourteen stories – met the might of the city. Inspectors from Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order on 79 Eldridge about a week ago. It’s a full order which only allows work “to provide shoring for all staircases and provide design […]

Eighteen Groups Sign Open Letter Demanding Transparency over CB3 Removal of Committee Chairs

Eighteen community groups within Community Board 3 on the Lower East Side this week co-signed an open letter to city and state officials urging inquiry into the removal of Alexandra Militano and Carolyn Ratcliffe as chairs of the SLA and Arts & Culture subcommittees, respectively. The shakeup, apparently inspired by a stated “new direction” for […]