Wednesday, October 17, 2007

*Everyday Chatter

Here's coverage of Brooklyn's hotel development panel, where Le Bleu's manager cries sour grapes at bloggers who, he thinks, are critical only because they can't afford the $400 rates. [Brownstoner]

A movie about the death of Coney Island. [Hotel Chelsea]

More trees are scheduled to die in Queens. [Queens Crap]

H.W. Ramberg, Brooklyn ship repairer since 1925, is leaving its Red Hook home for Jersey now that Ikea's come to town. As Ikea says, "Home is the most important place in the world." Right. [Gowanus Lounge]

A little homage to Brooklyn's Schrafft's. [mcbrooklyn]

A choice quote from Reverend Billy: "In 2007, in New York City, a healthy neighborhood is radical. The law firm of Bloomberg, Doctoroff and Kelly are dedicated to the swallowing of neighborhoods by the mono-culture. We’re turning into a traffic jam next to a glassy tony condo-front. But we love the apple for the bluster and bombast and gossip and happy lies – all that comes from bodies colliding on sidewalks, a lazy hour on a stoop, shouting first names in doorways. Eccentric proprietors of shops that maybe need a wash. The mono-culture that fills the streets with packs of 28 year old stockbrokers is then the same issue exactly as bombing Iraq and heating the arctic." [Gothamist]

4 comments:

Joshua said...

Regarding the Reverand Billy's quote, the term for this destruction/userpation process is "sociocide". So far, I have only heard it applied to Iraq, but I think it would be excellent to start using it to describe the effects of this new trend of massive gentrifictaion our best and brightest have chosen to pursue in the modern city.

Barbara said...

Perhaps you missed this article, detailing another step in making this city friendly for tourists and yunnies. In other words, more nannifying and dumbing down.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/nyregion/17direction.html?hp

Barbara said...

Sorry; here's the full link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/
nyregion/17direction.html?
ref=nyregion

Jeremiah Moss said...

thanks barbara--it's a good one and i'm going to do a post on it.