Charley O’s closes; unknown future for corner space

For several decades, the Riese Organization held the lease on the storefront at 713 Eighth Avenue (SW corner of 45th/8th). In the 1970’s the space was a pancake store. In the 80’s it was Beefsteak Charlie’s with an all-you-can-eat salad bar. For a while it was Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane and for the last several years it was Charley O’s (with Joe Franklin’s Comedy Club in the rear room where we have held our meetings). According to Charley O’s manager, Riese lost its lease at the end of last year. They couldn’t say for certain what will replace it, but he had heard the space might become some sort of food market. If this happens, don’t expect affordable food with a wide selection. It would likely be targeted to tourists.

Charley O’s 713 Eighth Avenue

New tree in front of 357 W. 45th

We were able to secure a new tree for the spot in front of 357 W. 45th St. As is often the case, it takes much too long to get a replacement tree when one is damaged or destroyed. According to Parks Department officials, Mayor Bloomberg’s “Million Trees” program is siphoning off many available trees, delaying needed replacements.

Nevertheless, we’re still glad to finally see that new tree. Perhaps the green will give some cheer to whatever residents remain in 357 West 45th St, the building appearing on the Public Advocate’s NYC Worst Landlords list with over 200 violations.

Destroyed tree

Destroyed tree

New tree

New tree

November Block Assn. meeting Monday, November 14th

West 45th Street Block Association Meeting

Monday, November 14, 2011
6:30 P.M.
at Charley O’s (back room)
713 Eighth Avenue
at the south-west corner of 45th and 8th Ave.
Enter on 8th Ave, go directly to the rear room

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We appreciate Charley O’s donating the use of their space.

The Tempest–directed by former block resident Morna Martell

Until she moved away earlier this summer, Morna Martell was an active member of the Block Association.

From the New York Times:

A Mini-Tempest’ (Saturday and Sunday) This time Prospero’s island is a small but lush part of Manhattan: the West Side Community Garden, which in association with DramaTune is presenting this one-hour version of Shakespeare’s play. Adapted by Morna Murphy Martell, “A Mini-Tempest” is part of the series Shakespeare in the Garden, intended to introduce the canon to children. Small theatergoers often come in costumes and participate in the tale, performed by members of the Instant Shakespeare Company. (Through Aug. 14.) At 5 p.m., West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, (718) 815-8689,; free.

Going, Going, Gone

Residents are glad to see the last reminder of Sweet Caroline’s — the illegal sign and awning — removed. But what’s next? Loitering from the Dance Center and Aladdin Hotel remains a problem.

Sweet Caroline's sign being demolished

Sweet Caroline's sign being demolished

Sweet Caroline's sign removed

We lose another tree

The block has lost another tree, this time in front of 355 W. 45th St., closer to 9th Avenue. Other trees have suffered the impact of trucks or buses; this time we don’t have evidence of what caused this.

We reported this immediately to the Street Trees (Department of Parks) office, but they tell us it can take up to two years to replace a tree. It took almost that long for the one across the street at 360 W. 45th to be replaced. Ever since the city started the so-called “Million Trees” program, it’s been increasingly difficult to replace dead or damaged trees. They only plant new trees in the Spring or Fall, so if don’t see a new sapling in the next several weeks, then we might have to wait until the Autumn, or next year.