The real estate boom is over. Not only that, according to the Times, gentrification is slowing on the LES. Is that daylight I see, peeking through the clearing smoke? via [Curbed]
Still, the Bowery is so "on," it now has an off-off version. [EVG]
A few good suggestions for the (rather odd) Bowery Suggestion Box from BoweryBoogie.
Speaking of Bowery, there has been some debate about whether or not it's officially a street. So which is it, street or not a street?
photo: specmotor's flickr
Andy Schwartz reflects on the Lost Music Venues of Manhattan and notes a change in today's crowds: "sending/receiving text messages, snapping photos with cell-phone cameras, ordering more drinks, discussing jobs or relationships or vacations--anything, it seems, other than actually listening to the music." [PSF]
Enjoy hipster fashions you love to hate. [HuffPo]
Bloomberg on the mayoral extension of term limits: "I think it would be an absolute disgrace to go around the public will." Uh-huh. [Newsday]
Supporters of Bloomberg's power grab are "blind to a fundamental problem with Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor: The excessive accumulation of power in the hands of someone who is both the city’s chief executive and one of the nation’s wealthiest citizens." [Commonweal]