Has NYC Lost Its Soul? Everybody, everywhere seems to be asking this question right now. What does that tell us? Here it's the cover story, featuring the lost and lovely McHale's. [AMNY]
After reading the above-linked article, I can hardly express how creepy and disheartening it is to hear that New Yorkers continue to clamor for more and more Starbucks: "Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz implied that New Yorkers were wholeheartedly embracing the changing character of their city. Asked just how many Starbucks locations he thinks the city can support, Schultz discussed the many emails he gets requesting new stores."
You know the soul of Greenwich Village is cold and dead when its citizens go on a suburban-style witch hunt, screaming hysterically about how the sight of S/M leather folks will damage their precious and infinitely sensitive children. I hope those parents all get their tight asses whipped black and blue by mobs of leather daddies. [Gothamist]
Maybe it's not too late to save what's left of the Bowery. Join the last-ditch effort next week. [Curbed]