Sometimes history is so close to the surface, all you have to do is remove a few bricks to find it. Pioneer supermarket on Columbus Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets peeled away some of its facade because the city Buildings Department was checking out the store’s structure. For a short time, the sun shone on a sign that had been hidden for 54 years. It said “CAFE” in what appear to be neon letters.
Pioneer opened in 1959, a manager there told us, replacing the cafe and other businesses. The manager didn’t know the name of the cafe. “Before my time,” he said.
Does anyone remember anything about it? Let us know in the comments!
Also, can you imagine Pioneer being the new business on the block?!?
Thanks to Geoff for the photo.