Nick Imirziades on Big Nick’s Through the Decades

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“I made a delivery upstairs ... I thought the people in the elevator were drunk, lying there. I realized they weren’t drunk, just dead, going up and down.” — Big Nick's owner Nick Imirziades has seen a lot of changes in his UWS neighborhood since 1962, when he opened. Rent has increased to $60,000 a month, so Imirziades says he may have to close the restaurant permanently. [NYT, Earlier]