Last night the gorgeous old Cheyenne Diner was unceremoniously carted away on flatbed trucks to its new home in Birmingham, Alabama. Did anyone else mistakenly think it was already gone? Actually, only its signs were removed, back in January, after a push to keep it in NYC by moving it to Red Hook failed. Because that's just what Manhattan so desperately needs. Birmingham businessman Joel Owens bought the 1940s-era streamlined diner for several thousand dollars; he tells CNN, "I think it's the most beautiful diner in the world. If you think about what's wrong with today, in order to fix the problems of today, you've got to look back... [to] when it was better. I think [the diner] is symbolic of the glory days. Technology and more money doesn't necessarily mean progress. We long for simpler times. These types of buildings can be an instrument for our youth to learn from the past. Teenagers need a clean environment for entertainment, a 'hang out.'" Here in New York, we obviously need more condos; naturally that's what the owner of the Cheyenne's midtown site plans to build on the site.
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