Manhattan Is Down a(nother) Diner and Deli


The roster of endangered or extinct food businesses keeps growing, and today brings news of two more additions.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York notes the recent closure of the Tramway Diner, which sat within spitting distance of the 59th Street Bridge for many years. Its awning featured an illustration of a tram and its ceiling was hung with miniature tram cars that used to light up. It also boasted large windows that afforded unparalleled views of the Roosevelt Island tram, and was a good spot for affordable and unpretentious food. Now its windows are dark and a sign advertises the restaurant’s equipment for sale. RIP, Tramway.

Also slated for the guillotine is Sonny’s Deli, which has been a fixture of the corner of West 52nd Street and Tenth Avenue for 41 years. DNAinfo reports that it will be pushed out of its spot to make way for a housing development sometime within the next year. The store, which is owned by brother Sonel and Noe Ramirez, has long catered to the Latino community and earned a loyal clientele in part because of its low prices. Those low prices were a function of low rent — $1,675 a month — and, as we all know, “below market rate” now commonly translates to “screwed.”