One of the Longest Continuously Operated Gas Stations in NYC Closes April 14 [PHOTOS]

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 at 9:29 am by
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The BP gas station at East Houston and Lafayette Streets is closing next month. April 14. And with it, one of the last links to the “Gasoline Alley” of yore. After all, this was formerly the southern border of the nicknamed neighborhood, which was, at one point, a destination for automotive servicing. Back in 2004, though, while the glass office building at the corner of Broadway (also replaced a gas station) was still under construction, The Villager proclaimed the Alley all but dead.

(Although, it lives on with a coffee shop of same name on Lafayette.)

The eventual departure of BP notches another milestone, though. This peninsula of Lafayette Street has been in continuous use as a gas station for decades. Since the 1930s, in fact. From 1976 through 2003, the site was the OG Gaseteria station (distributing Amoco gas).

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Outside the Gaseteria in 1980, Photo: Steven Siegel

Reason for its closure is, of course, real estate speculation. It’s been a long time coming, too. The Porcelli family, which acquired the parcel in 1976 and founded Gaseteria, is redeveloping the land. Plans for the forthcoming seven-story commercial building at 300 Lafayette first emerged in 2013 from designer COOKFOX. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the design shortly thereafter, but the project remained in limbo until now.

The project is commercial only: a seven-story, 80,000 square-foot office building.

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Rendering via COOKFOX

The new construction also comes at the expense of Puck Fair, the sixteen-years-running watering hole at the service center backside. Its final day in operation is Sunday; farewell party is Friday evening.

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[h/t EV Grieve]

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