I mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating: Go to St. Mark's Church tonight to discuss how the EV's mom and pops might be saved and to see the tearjerker doc Twilight Becomes Night. [RD]
Gallagher's has closed on 12th St. The sign is missing and their message says, "We are no longer a walk-in store." Online only. This is a great loss--no more will anyone be able to walk through that underground warren of magazines. Must-click: Did NYU help?
Vanity Fair asks, "Is This the End of Greenwich Village?" And Christopher Hitchens says it all when he says, "on the day when everywhere looks like everywhere else we shall all be very much impoverished, and not only that but—more impoverishingly still—we will be unable to express or even understand or depict what we have lost." [VF] [via EVG]
Time to feel warm and fuzzy for the super-wealthy who have begun to feel guilty about being major consumers. [NYMag]
Too close for comfort: In the recent high winds, the giant crane over 7th Street did a little spinning. [NMNL]
Last night, Ikea "flatpacked" Union Square, making a big box while people looked on saying things like, "What the f--k is Ikea doing in the park?" The answer, of course: Encouraging the hordes to descend upon Red Hook:
For all of us "bitter renters," Fishs Eddy offers Floor Plan dinnerware. The studio's only $6.36, but the luxury platter will run you a cool $26.36. At those prices, these plates might be the only way some of us will ever own in this town. (Studio also makes a nice ashtray.):
Welcome the new blog in town, at the intersection of 14th and 8th (and thereabouts), where I'm sure we'll be crossing paths. [14&8]
The latest condo-monster to land in Williamsburg is actually titled NV, as in "green with." And, yes, it's green. Much about this makes me angry. 1. Its title. 2. Its tagline: "Everyone can dream it. And now you can live it" (emphasis theirs). Please don't assume "everyone" dreams of living in a fishtank. 3. The web copy dares to sell the local Polish bakeries (which NV will help run out of town) and the skateboard shops "with their faint emanations of punk rock." Like CBGB/Varvatos, for The Joneses, the only good punk is faint punk.
Take a walk down old East 7th with Jack Klugman in Naked City. Warning: There's a tragic end. [HunterG]
Check out the VNY Flickr Pool for some fresh beauties: luncheonettes, car washes, graffiti-covered subways...and this rather sickening shot of Chumley's ravaged interior:
photo by kikimonkey
Yesterday, some nice folks at Astor Place were holding up these signs. I thought the fight to save Met Foods from NYU was over, but they still don't have their new lease:
pic sent in by PatMinNYC