TOM HANKS AND MEG RYAN FELL IN PRETEND-LOVE HERE; NOW IT’S A LAUNDROMAT

An iconic space meant to represent all the good things on the Upper West Side that have been demolished by corporate greed has a new owner who will gladly starch your shirts for you.

The exterior of the store at 106 West 69th Street was the set for “The Shop Around the Corner,” (left) Meg Ryan’s charming children’s bookstore in the film “You’ve Got Mail.” For those of you who haven’t seen the movie since the 1990’s, it hinges on Ryan’s attempt to save the bookstore even as Fox Books (a Barnes & Noble stand-in) works to destroy it. In the process, Ryan and Fox Books executive Tom Hanks fall in love and eventually (spoiler!) meet in Riverside Park to kiss and play with a dog.

The space has changed hands since then — at the time of the movie, it was occupied by Maya Schaper’s Cheese and Antiques, the kind of cozy neighborhood store that was a perfect model for The Shop Around the Corner.

When Schaper could no longer afford the $11,000-a-month rent, Cafe Sonatina moved in, hoping to profit off the store’s association with the movie. The owners even hung a You’ve Got Mail poster in the window. Alas, Meg Ryan’s magic didn’t wear off and the store closed its doors about a week ago.

Now La Mode Cleaners will try to turn The Shop Around the Corner into the organic dry cleaners around the corner.

Hey, at least it’s not a bank.

Meanwhile, Schaper tried to reopen her cheese and antiques shop around the corner on Columbus Avenue, but it didn’t quite catch on. She even tried dropping the cheese to focus on antiques, to no avail. That store is now “The Mobile Shop,” selling cell phone equipment.

    1. Phil says:

      Sad.
      I really liked Sonatina. Amazing croissants. Yeah, at least it’s not a bank. But there simply aren’t enough real coffee shops in this neighborhood anymore.

    2. karol says:

      i so miss maya’s shope, it was a lways a wonderful, friendly stop. so sad the shops that gave our neighborhood character are being forced out!

    3. derp says:

      Good riddance. I’ll remember Sonatina as the precious, overpriced dessert shop where I couldn’t afford a thing. That place didn’t give the neighborhood “character,” it was clearly “hoping to profit off the [previous/non-existent/fictitious] store‚Äôs association with the movie,” and that makes me want to puke. But don’t worry; the space is too small for another Chase or Duane Reade, so there will be plenty of opportunity for unsustainable new ventures to try and make the overinflated rent. Keep romanticizing the crappy exploitative businesses that fail in this neighborhood. I won’t shed a tear.

    4. Jay says:

      I spent many a rainy day in Sonatina. The cafe itself wasn’t spectacular, but what a great location for one! What I want to know is how a laundromat can afford this space. It’s not like there aren’t enough laundry services. There are 4 just along 67th and 68th on West End! Hmmmmm.

      • YUPSTER DADDY says:

        Actually, this is an ORGANIC CLEANER, not a filthy poor person “laundromat,” okay? And do you think I’d really stoop to doing my own laundry? In THIS neighborhood? You must be joking.

    5. Fahis says:

      Super