Do any of your New Yorkers know what the real story is behind the closing of the 2nd Ave. Deli last month? I just saw a posting on another newsgroup that said it closed. Sure enough, a google search found a story about it at http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/01/05/2nd_avenue_deli.php but the story was scant on details. From what this report said, the owner balked at paying a rent increase and footing the bill to renovate the building to meet modern code, but I suspect there's more involved. I hope the 2nd Ave. Deli opens up in another location as it was truly a New York landmark and one of the few places on the entire east coast where one could go for a wonderful Kosher meal. Pastrami lovers must be mourning the loss of this deli since I am told the 2nd Ave. Deli's pastrami was second to none. I am not a fan of pastrami so I defer to other people's opinions on where good pastrami can be found. Even though I am watching my food intake, a 90 mile trip up I95 from Southern NJ where I live will not be the same without a meal at the 2nd Ave. Deli.