Upper West Side: Neighborhood Restaurants RIP

One more condo, one less neighborhood eatery.

The Strand diner, which has been operating for 16 years on 96th Street just east of Broadway, has shut its doors. Not that the place was some great temple of gastronomy, but it served a function–cheap diner food for those times when you just wanted to fill your stomach.

Another casualty of the gentrification that’s transforming what’s left of the old Upper West Side is Mary Ann’s, the Mexican place on Broadway at 91st. What’s going in there? Who knows. But a good guess is a cell phone store or chain pharmacy.

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