Today I bring you a very special offer to own a chunk of New York deli history and miniature real estate. I was listening to NPR this morning and I heard a story about how the famous Queens Museum of Art is auctioning off the real estate in its giant New York City Panorama model to raise money for the museum’s funding.
What the heck’s a Panorama, you ask?
It’s a scale model of New York city built for the 1964 World’s Fair, updated every decade or so, and pretty much the fantasy of anyone who played with Lego. It’s basically a giant plastic New York, but one that is incredibly detailed.
So what’s this got to do with deli, you ask?
Well, after hearing the program, I wrote Debra Wimpfheimer at the Museum, who is in charge of the sale of the real estate (the model remains where it is, you just get virtual title). I told her that I was interested in buying delis, and the purpose of my site (to preserve delis). She clearly must be a deli fan because she’s allowing Save the Deli faithful to purchase their favorite New York delicatessen for the low low price of $100. Considering that small commercial buildings are going for $1000 and firehouses for $500 this is a total steal and it’s available exclusively to you my friends.
That means that for a Franklin you can own Katz’s, Carnegie, the Stage, the 2nd Ave Deli (old or new), Russ and Daughters, Pastrami Queen, Lansky’s, Ben’s Best, Liebman’s, what have you. Because it’s a virtual map, you can claim it and name it as you want, which means that you can even own classic delis that no longer exist. That means Ratner’s, Pastrami n’ Things, Bernstein’s on Essex, even delis in the far boroughs like Glieberman’s. Not only are you inscribing yourself and the deli in the book of history, but you’re contributing to a great New York cultural institution at a time when they need it most.
You can also donate on behalf of someone, so consider buying the old 2nd Ave Deli for the late Abe Lebewohl, or perhaps your Zaidy’s favorite haunt in the Bronx.
So how do I buy myself a deli, you ask?
Simply click on the link below to download a word document. Or here. Fill it out and contact Debra Wimpfheimer (her info is in the document).
adopt-a-building-reply-card-091.doc BE SURE TO HAVE AN EXACT ADDRESS OR CROSS STREETS FOR YOUR DELI.
Once you’ve purchased your deli, let me know. I’ll send you a nano-sized Save the Deli sticker to put in the tiny window.