Photo by myself, around 76th Street and Broadway, on the Upper West Side.
After 51 years, Big Nick's, the scruffy burger joint on Broadway, shuttered its doors.
A large sign explained their predicament - their rent was raised from $42k to $60k per month. There was absolutely no way to survive.
In the reflection of the glass you can see the new high rise building across the street, a symptom of luxury living that precipitated Big Nick's demise. Below, a photo from an earlier visit. The array of signs gave the place a certain something something.
I've posted a few other photos of Big Nick's in the past. There were always a few tables on the sidewalk outside, neon signs in the windows and a warm vibe. I will miss this place and its charm.
For a look at Nick's in its heyday, click here and here.
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