Curbed commenters make funny haikus about neighbors in neighborhoods. Read them here.
After 30+ years in business, The Travel People on Greenwich Ave have closed. Their cool neon airplane is gone and they're selling all the knick-knacks in their window, where they say, "We hate to leave our home in the Village":
On the racks now, Adbusters #79 has an amazing article about hipsterdom. It's not available online, and so much is worth quoting, but one deadly paragraph will have to suffice. Douglas Haddow writes, "the hipster represents the end of Western civilization--a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the 'hipster'--a youth subculture that mirrors the doomed shallowness of mainstream society."
America the beautiful: If you're physically suffering, your doctor will put you on hold and then stick you in a dumpy waiting room. If you're suffering for beauty, the same doctor will provide you with a valet, a concierge, and flowers. [Times]
Take a gander at these designer automatic weapons by Peter Gronquist--also found in Adbusters 79, which says these weapons "play with our throbbing, eroticized notions of materialism, violence, and power." Yes indeed:
Explore the Taming of Gansevoort--how a "glorious wide open space" became filled with "ugly and intrusive" concrete. [ForgottenNY]
The plywood around super-condo 200 11th gets a taste of the old west Chelsea:
Photographer Brian Rose is putting together a book of his beautiful LES before-and-after photos, from the 1980s and today. [BrianRose]
The Coney Island History Project presents vintage photos of old Astroland, Aug 2 - Sept 1.
And another Manhattan Apocalypse movie is coming to a theater near you. [TJV]
The ever-lovely Loews Jersey needs volunteers--free pizza is involved!