Midtown Market Diner, Midtown, NYC

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In advance of the Queens Modern talk in May (see previous post), I’ve been looking at some of the work Queens-based architects did in other boroughs. Here is architect Jerome W. Perlstein’s only Manhattan commission, the Midtown Market Diner from 1962.

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It’s a one-story metal-framed diner with an elaborate zig zag metal canopy and dark rust-colored enamel panels. The corner multi-sided entrance is also a engaging design element.

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The exterior also shows Perlstein’s interest in finishes. In addition to the enamel panels, stone veneer runs around the base of the building, a typical Perlstein addition. In Maspeth, Queens there is an extremely similar diner with blue enamel panels, but a link to Perlstein has not been verified.

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The diner is at West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue, surrounded by much larger buildings. Given that the diner shares the avenue side of the block with a small outdoor nursery, it seems likely that the diner may be gone sometime soon, replaced by new development.

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5 Responses to Midtown Market Diner, Midtown, NYC

  1. roadsidenut says:

    I’ve always read that the diner was built by DeRaffele. Did Perlstein work for the company — or is it one of those incorrect facts multiplied exponentially on the web?

  2. elleringo says:

    Love Market Diner. Last man standing

  3. elleringo says:

    Last man standing among free standing nyc diners

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