A brand-spanking new Verizon store opened today at the site of H&H Bagels on 80th Street and Broadway. The new store also replaced the stores that were next to H&H, including Magic Smile and Oz Moving stores.
H&H was one of the most famous bagel stores in the city, taking on an almost iconic status even though some critics considered its doughy bagels inauthentic. It was seized by city marshals after 39 years in 2011 because owner Helmer Toro got way behind on rent (like hundreds of thousands of dollars behind). H&H’s midtown factory is also gone — it’s already been renovated and is back on the market for leasing.
The new Verizon store opened to replace a Verizon store on 82nd that shut down.
Read some odes to H&H that we posted on the day it closed here.
Photos by Avi and Laughing Squid.