Archive for the ‘Bizarre deli names’ Category

More old Brooklyn phone exchanges

September 19, 2008

Joe’s Superette on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens has the most wonderful store sign, which looks like it was put up around 1958. UL stood for Ulster. But what was Ulster?

The Valencia Bakery is on Broadway in Williamsburg. Besides a cool old 1960s sign, the WY exchange remains.

“God Bless Deli Grocery”

July 27, 2008

There are more of these circa-9/11 delis and pizza places than I ever thought. Perhaps the owners truly got caught up in the sentiment of the time, or maybe they just wanted to make sure no one accused them of being Muslim terrorists.

The God Bless Deli is on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

The joke is on you at the Ha Ha Deli

July 23, 2008

It’s a funny little place to pick up groceries, cat food, and flowers on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea. And fresh too!

Bodegas: the Woolworth’s of the 21st century?

July 4, 2008

Woolworth’s stores used to be all over the city, carrying all kinds of five-and-dime oddities and tchochkas other discount stores wouldn’t bother with because they defied categorizing. 

It now appears that some bodegas are filling that miscellaneous stuff gap and advertising their stock of uncategorizable “things.”

As well as “odds & ends” as this Chelsea bodega sign in the upper 20s indicates.

The deli of life

April 17, 2008

So begins a new ongoing feature on Ephemeral New York, Bizarre Deli Names. I was actually looking for the Dodi and Diana Deli, the best bodega name ever, but I guess it folded.

I bet this deli opened right after 9/11

April 17, 2008

Seriously, I like the owner’s optimism. Tenth Avenue in the 50s.