Tick Tock Diner: Turning back the hands of time
Click on photos to enlarge. (Historical images courtesy of Joe Kinney)
Well before the New Yorker was home to the Tick Tock Diner, the hotel hosted several interesting eateries.
They included the swanky Manhattan Room, as well as one with which we have become intrigued: Lamp Post Corner, at West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, where you can find Tick Tock today.
Check out the fantastic ephemera of the vanished restaurants courtesy of hotel archivist Joe Kinney, who has put together an impressive collection of the hotel's memorabilia. How could you not want to eat at these places? Some enterprising restaurateur would be wise to bring back this retro iconography.
Lamp Post Corner seems to capitalize on that mid-century nostalgia for turn-of-the-century America, and its handlebar mustaches (find a pair below!), gas lamps, barbershop quartets, and old-fashioned ice-cream parlors. What a fun place this must have been.
Lamp Post was actually part of a national chain, whose locations included the great El Rancho Hotel & Motel in Gallup, N.M. When we stayed there during a road trip through the Southwest 10 years ago, Lamp Post Corner, alas, was as much a part of history as the "Gay '90s" vibe it sought to recapture. But you can always pop in for a bite of nostalgia on this corner of the Web.
-- Rolando Pujol