BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Oh no, they didn’t!
Yeah, unfortunately, they really did.
Clearly, Chase bank didn’t read East Villager Frank Mastropolo’s new book “Ghost Signs: Clues to Downtown New York’s Past.” But they sure should have.
Or maybe — probably — they just didn’t care.
The iconic green-and-red corner sign of the former Coffee Shop restaurant and bar, at 16th St. and Union Square West, was recently replaced with a glaring blue-and-white one beaming out “CHASE.”
The long-running — 30 years — trendy restaurant, which was a always a terrific date spot, closed last October and was promptly replaced by the bank branch and a JoeCoffee outlet.
This seems to be an increasingly common combo: Just what we need, more caffeine jitters and sterile ATM machine vestibules.
The Coffee Shop sign was a holdover — a so-called ghost sign — from an earlier business at the spot that really had been a greasy-spoon-style coffee shop. The stylish shingle added a cool and authentic retro feel to the Brazilian-themed eatery’s exterior.
Mastropolo’s new book documents many such ghost signs all over Downtown Manhattan that have miraculously stood the test of time.
But, well, it was futile to think the multinational bank would actually appreciate any of that.
But, on a positive note, Village Sun contributor Mary Reinholz shared a photo of the handsome barista at JoeCoffee, the sight of whom lifted her spirits — maybe more than an overpriced cup of coffee.