Photo of the Day: The Sad Empty Shell of West Side Market

West Side Market on Broadway between 76th and 77th Streets closed at the end of November, and Barbara Adler peeked in on Tuesday to see what was left.

The answer: not much. It’s been thoroughly gutted and will now await whatever new store may come. In one old rendering (long before West Side Market closed) there was an apparently made-up store named “Finley” in its place.

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    1. Christina says:

      Yes! Very sad! It will be missed!

    2. Sue says:

      So sad. Really miss them – a lot!

      Shopping at Fairway is no fun. Waited in a long line the other day – and realized I’d forgotten one thing. Too bad.

      West Side felt like family.

      • Sean says:

        Fairway is like no other market.

      • RF says:

        Fairway is a nightmare now. I was there last week, and the “express” line stretched all the way out the front door of the store. The other lines were even worse. I loved West Side Market, where it was so easy to pop in to quickly pick up one or two items. Fairway and Trader Joe’s aren’t really suitable for that purpose, considering the crowds and long lines. I’m honestly not sure where to go now when I just have five minutes to run in and pick up some milk or eggs–Duane Reade? I’ve never loved the idea of buying perishable items from a drugstore, but what are my other options in the 70s/low 80s? Are there any? I guess there is Gristedes, but I honestly think drugstore food is probably cheaper/fresher/cleaner…

        • Bill says:

          Pioneer at 74th/Columbus is open 7 days a week now. No deli/prepared foods counter, but it carries most of the standard brands and is certainly better than that Gristedes hole at 86th. Broadway Farm at 85th/B’way is passable. Key Food at 76th/Amsterdam is sub-par.

          And to those posters with the “they didn’t hug me” whining … just buy your stuff and leave. Get your hugs elsewhere and speed up the line.

        • Filatura says:

          Zingone’s, of course. 82nd & Columbus. Owned and operated by several generations of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. Just a real, old-style grocery store (no meat or prepared foods) with quality fruit and vegetables, good fresh bread, dairy,frozen food,some Italian canned specialties and a loyal neighborhood clientele that appreciates personal service. When I was laid up for several months after surgery I called in my orders every couple of days, had the food delivered, and was asked how I was feeling. More here: nytimes.com/2013/11/10/nyregion/a-zingone-in-every-aisle.html

    3. Laurie says:

      And now to Fairway. Ugh. Two cashiers handling 30 people in the organic section yesterday and it wasn’t better on the first floor. Left my cart full of food and got out.

    4. Sean says:

      Let it go.

    5. Neighbor says:

      why do we have a so-called small business services agency in ny? What do they do? What are they so-called business improvement districts doing? so many empty store fronts and Deblasio has nothing to say about this? His tale of two cities nonsense that people voted for.

    6. BigNicksMisser says:

      Can someone contact BIg Nick’s former owner? I’ll donate $500 for him to open a new diner there with the same workers (if they want to come back) and same menu and decor.

    7. John Elari says:

      One can only hope they put in another Duane Reade or Subway, or just what we need on the Upper West Side — or how about a bank; we can always use another bank? Right? Merry Christmas, folks.

    8. FairwayFrankie says:

      Those complaining about Fairway’s lines are suffering from innumeracy. Next time, don’t flee in a panic when you see a long line. They move quickly.
      On an express line all the way back to the cut-up fruit, the wait for a cashier is usually less than 4 minutes.

      • Filatura says:

        Agree. Fairway isn’t what it used to be in terms of quality (a 6-foot pyramid of apples is impressive, but the apples are not necessarily great) but I can’t complain about the long checkout lines. The cashiers are so fast you can hardly see their hands move, and the lines move briskly. Faster than, say, at Whole Foods, where they have dozens of checkout stations but you can still be in for a long wait.

    9. EB says:

      It’s ironic that this ran right beneath the posting about an enormous new condo. Buildings are going up all over the neighborhood, built “as of right.” Yet we have no new food stores, no new subway line to relieve the already-overcrowded Broadway line, no new sewers, no new schools, and certainly no new small service businesses: shoemakers, watch repairers, and the like.

    10. Rita says:

      Miss West Side Market terribly!! Hopefully they will reopen nearby and SOON!!! Please!!!!!!