Thursday, December 06, 2007

We Love Diners

In its previous location

Have to check this one out the next time I'm in New York.

NYTimes: Diner Opens in Catskills After a Hell’s Kitchen Worth of Trouble

When last spotted in its ancestral home, there was the Munson Diner, steel and chrome shining off the streetlights, noirish blue exterior like a ghost from the ’40s, loaded onto a flatbed truck and lumbering toward the George Washington Bridge, bound if not for glory, at least for Liberty, a faded resort town in the Catskills.

It was May 5, 2005, and, as it turned out, getting a 50-foot-long, 30-ton diner onto a truck was the easy part. One of its new owners and a cameraman were taken off the George Washington Bridge by the police as they tried to film the big event without a permit.

The diner hit not one, but two highway bridges on the way up.
And when it finally arrived, dinged up but more or less intact, the crew lowered it triumphantly onto its new foundation ... backward, with the vintage neon sign and steel facade facing away from Main Street.

Times Herald-Record: Long wait, but Munson Diner finally open

Roadside Architecture: Diners

Arrival in Liberty, 2005

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