Yesterday morning, as I was walking to work, I noticed that the "Retail Space for Lease" sign in the window of the permanently dormant 82 University Place (the former address of the storied Cedar Tavern) had come down (see picture at left). I've been shaking my fist for so long at the empty space ever since the Cedar closed its doors in 2006 that my arm is thoroughly tired, but at this point in the proceedings, I'd sincerely welcome a new burst of activity at that address. The fact that it's still an ugly, empty shell of a yanwsomely utilitarian workspace in the wake of it replacing a beloved neighborhood institution is still an untrammeled insult. Hell, even if it suddenly became a Pret A Manger (not just a remote possibility), that would be preferable to its present, depressing incarnation. Or maybe not.
Well, turns out these ruminations are all for nought. When I passed by it again just now after dropping my kids off at school, I noticed a new "For Lease" sign had been put up (the adhesive must have finally surrendered on the last one).
Regardless, weather like this always makes me think of warm evenings inside the Cedar's lovely interior. Inspired by same, I found this lovely old set of photographs by Whittlz on Flickr (that's one of them below), memorializing the old place. Alas, we shan't see its like again.