Is Cookout Grill the next new en-masse chain to drop onto the city? One's opening in the old Popeye's spot at 1st and 13th and here's another in the former 99-cent store under Time Machine at 14th and 7th. You've got to wonder about that Asian-styled, chicken-clubbing caveman mascot:
Not only is Bloomberg's marketing department selling our city as SATC-ville, they've also trademarked us: "This is New York City.™ This is home to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda..." [NYCVisit] via [City Room]
And here's the secret reason so many independent news vendors got their long-time stands seized by the city government and replaced by cold Cemusa boxes: Bloomberg gets to advertise his SATC-version of our city all over Europe. [Times]
Remembering one of the Bowery's most beloved news vendors. [EVG]
Speaking of secret marketing, check out "murketing," the sneaky ways we're being coerced to buy. In his book Buying In, author Ron Walker dissects Pabst Blue Ribbon, the beer beloved by hipsters, and the subversive ways it convinces unsuspecting drinkers that it's "a beer of 'social protest,' a 'fellow dissenter' against mainstream mores." [Times]
Slacktivist and Die Yuppie Scummer John Penley voted NYC's cuddliest anarchist! [EVG]
Rififi, aka Cinema Classics, to close with one day's notice under demand for "more money" from landlord. [Gothamist] ...Neighbor says "good riddance." [Grub St] ...and here's a scene from the last night at Rififi: ComicsComic.
The Cheyenne's last customer recalls her times at the diner with Dad--and the ways in which memories can be lost along with the city's vanished. [Times]
That big empty spot, formerly Mike Gallagher's Art and Fashion Gallery, at 12th St. and 4th Ave. is going to be...a bank!