While the Times covered the nitty-gritty of the Tavern on the Green auction’s first day, Francis Lam puts his food snobbery aside to pen an affecting tribute to the restaurant. A woman tells him: “I’ve been here since 1965. Maybe you don’t understand, but this is the place where you had every major event in your life. For every New Yorker: weddings, proposals, birthdays. Your boss would take you here for lunch if you’d done well. I mean, look at this hallway. You had the essence of a special occasion, just walking through here.” Meanwhile, Crain’s reports that items are going for half of their value and Nation’s Restaurant News has a slideshow from the scene (look for former Tavern employee Drew Nieporent).