Another great New York City landmark is gone. The Cheyenne Diner, a neighborhood institution festooned with Native American decorations at Ninth Avenue and West 33rd Street, closed its doors on Sunday. It had been around since 1940.
We used to go to the Cheyenne for coffee and a 4 am breakfast when my son played ice hockey over at the old Sky Rink, just down the block. The Cheyenne got the hockey crowd, cabbies, cops, people wandering in after the clubs and bars closed, tourists, and, of course, neighborhood folks who came in for coffee, the News, and one another.
The Cheyenne joins a growing list of New York diners that have fallen victim to high real estate values. The iconic Moondance Diner closed at Sixth Avenue and Broome Street last July – it was moved to a small town in Wyoming – and the chrome-and-blue Munson on 11th Avenue has found a new home in the Catskills. The Market Diner, a famed hang-out for all-night types on 11th Avenue, is reportedly reopening for a second run at the same address after closing in 2006.
Never fear – you can still get the best egg sandwich in New York at The Skylight, just around the corner from the Cheyenne on West 34th Street.