Take a stroll up the East side of Columbus Avenue from the corner of 86th street and you’ll see…not much. The South half of the block is now almost entirely shuttered, except for one remaining dry cleaners. The Olympic deli on the North corner is also closed, but is seeking a new tenant. Some of the businesses have been empty for years, and they don’t seem like they’re looking aggressively for new tenants.
Our intrepid tipster Kenneth even poked his head into the 3 Star Coffee Shop, which never reopened after the health department shut it down earlier this year.
What he found was pretty gross: “Half torn out. There must have been 1 million flies inside. Clearly, food must have been left inside.”
It’s not yet clear what will happen to the block — no building permits appear to have been filed recently. But hopefully, something new will come in soon. It’s a pretty prime location and it’s becoming quite an eyesore.
Photos by Kenneth.