Apparently, the owners of 1314 Cortelyou Road - right next door to the Picket Fence - see no aesthetic value to keeping the old tin ceiling that had graced the store for a good part of a century. This was ripped out of the store last week and was hauled off by someone with better taste...Pigeon just stood next to the dumpster and cried.
On another note, I asked the owners who or what will occupy the store and they told me that they are hoping to attract another restaurant to the area. Great news! (I wonder if they new tenants would have liked a tin ceiling?)