Rocco’s Shuttered by the DOH, Tourists Pissed


Rocco’s, every tourist’s favorite Bleecker Street pasticceria, was shuttered by the Health Department a couple weeks ago, “due to an expired permit.” They promised that they’d reopen shortly. Well, the shop remains closed, and people are p-i-s-s-e-d.

The graffiti on the official notice reveals many loving sentiments toward the store, including these highlights:

— “I’ll take a dirty Rocco’s over a spanking clean Starbucks any day” (followed by “Me too!” and “Me three!”)
— “I hate this Gestapo bullshit”
— “You ruin everything”
— “I love rats, rodents
— Many iterations of “I love Rocco’s”
— And an opposing view, “Wash your hands, assholes”

Controversy! Rocco’s isn’t the best Italian pastry store in town, but they do make lovely hazelnut and lemon ices, and since summer — and, thus, primo frozen dessert season — is approaching, let’s hope the shop resolves its issues and gets back on track soon.