New York City demolished $25,000 dining cottage in Pinky’s Space

The city demolished an elaborately decorated $25,000 outdoor dining shed belonging to a fine art district in Manhattan on Thursday — and The Post has learned that the owners tore it up.

“This is our whole livelihood,” said Mimi Blitz of restaurant and art gallery Pinky’s Space, who claimed she received “zero warning” that the disco ball and neon-adorned structure would be destroyed by DOT workers.

“I’m very emotional about it.”

She said the city inspected the 30-foot-high shed on East First Street and First Avenue earlier this month — but said nothing of plans to demolish it.

Blitz said they only told her to get rid of the vending machine “that wasn’t about food” and to pick up a trash can more than 6 feet tall in the rest area between the shed and the sidewalk.

She said she removed the machine immediately and admitted that she was unable to move the trash because some movers had failed to appear.

But she said DOT workers never mentioned this as a reason for their demolition when they arrived to tear down the shed on Thursday — and in fact, they gave her no reason.

The city demolished an outdoor dining cottage at Pinky's Space Restaurant and Art Gallery on the Lower East Side.

The city demolished an outdoor dining cottage at Pinky’s Space Restaurant and Art Gallery on the Lower East Side.

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The decorated dining space cost the owners $25,000.

The city had inspected the shed earlier this month, but has not revealed any plans to remove it.

Pinky’s Space said the city inspected the shed earlier this month, but it hasn’t revealed any plans to remove it.

Owner Mimi Blitz said the city gave

Penthouse owner Mimi Blitz said the city had not issued any warning that the shed would be removed.

“They didn’t tell us why. They said we had orders from the city to take it,” Blitz said.

Workers took everything from the shed’s rafters and crafty lawn to the ornate chandelier and mini-garden.

She said she got so crazy that she tried to stop them – but the police threatened to arrest her.

DOT workers dismantle the food shed in Pinky Space.
DOT workers dismantle the food shed in Pinky Space.

The cops said you will be arrested if you don’t move. They said the structure is collapsing, or the building is collapsing and we will arrest you.”

The Department of Transportation said owners received three separate warnings about the shed’s non-compliance and removal starting in August.

“Open restaurants helped save the industry during the height of the pandemic and made our streets more vibrant public spaces,” said Vincent Barron, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.

“As we formulate a permanent program, we will continue to remove abandoned shacks and those with a history of flagrant violation to address quality of life complaints.

The city has already removed dozens of outdoor dining venues in recent weeks and said it is considering more regulations for places that remain two years after the pandemic.

The crackdown comes after some neighbors in Manhattan complained that the buildings had attract rodents It resulted in ruined streets.

Blitz said DOT workers were not given a reason to remove the shed.
Blitz said DOT workers were not given a reason to remove the shed.

We were still fighting the epidemic but we were making it work. Then someone comes and takes it for no reason.”

She said she now wanted the city to replace the colorful shed.

“We want our space again,” she said. “It was built with love and care.”

The Department of Transportation did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

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