I'm a sentimentalist. I first arrived in Sunset Park in 1979, and have seen the neighborhood become what it is. I'm Chinese, but to be quite honest, the homogeneousness of the current neighborhood frightens and saddens me a bit. One surviving establishment which harkens back to the days when Hong Kong Supermarket was just an A&P is P&N Donuts (5901 8th Ave). Admittedly, I'm not too picky with donuts. Krispy Kreme, Doughnut Plant, Dunkin' Donuts, even those small 50 cent packages of powdered Donettes, are all acceptable to me. But P&N Donuts holds a special place in my heart because it's associated with the bygone era of my youth, when we used to buy a dozen in the mornings.
The place has a unique personality, with an interior and counter that looks quite the same as ever. The doughnuts are made fresh during the night, and the shop opens pretty early in the morning. Many times, I've come staggering home at 4am, and have caught their wafting sweet aroma. I'm not saying these are excellent donuts, I'm just saying I really like the uniqueness of the place and I'm scared it'll vanish one day.