Alt Coffee, which became Hopscotch, on Ave A has shuttered. Guess the move from heroin addicts to strollers didn't pan out as they bid farewell to their "loyal customers, pain in the arse regulars, disco ball lovers, and neighborhood freaks." As I was snapping this pic, a girl walked by and said, "Wow, looks like they really cleaned up this whole area!"
"Slapdicks" (aka yunnies) in the Meatpacking District clubs are slathering their bodies with Preparation H to help them get laid. Here's the satire part of the story: "I think the shit doesn’t even work, because if it did, these club assholes would all disappear. It’s supposed to get rid of hemorrhoids, isn’t it?" Yeah! [Clublife]
Again, the unabashed yunnies state their very clear intentions for the East Village: "we're going to fill his neighborhood whether he likes it or not," vowed one juvenile GOPer. "We're coming with briefcases and BlackBerrys in hand to stake our claim." [Post]
A commenter asked about vanishing record shops--check out a few of them here. [Stupefaction]
If you haven't read Anthony Lane's amazing slam of the SATC movie, you must. A few choice words: "Aryan real estate...hormonal hobbits...stale Puritanism...Babylonian orgy of spending." That about sums up the new New York. [NYer]
Protest the Vongerichtification of Union Square Park tonight! [Curbed]