First, the branch on 28th Street shuttered, and I recently noticed that the one on 12th Street has said adios as well, tragically enough.
And yes, it was a landmark. It happened to be the best place in town for cheap Mexican chicken, rice, and beans, all muy fast and tasty.
Also missed like an appendage:
Tavern on the Green (though toward the end, it got really, really bad, maybe to prepare us for its exit)
Woolworth’s (the finest establishment for toiletries, doo-dads, and “art.” Duane Reade tries to achieve its kitsch heights, but can’t come close.)
The Russian Tea Room (yeah, I know it’s still there, but since it’s not on anyone’s radar, it might as well not be.)
Don’t say the World Trade Towers or I’ll cry and throw up.