One broker on the LES says "the failure of luxury real estate here would be appropriate karma. 'Developers pushed out the immigrants and artists who made this a vibrant neighborhood, hoping to replace them with rich people. Maybe now those people who were pushed out can afford to move back.'" [TRD]
Must-read article from David Kamp on the history of the American Dream and the "consumerist nightmare" it has morphed into. He writes: "In hewing to the misbegotten notion that our standard of living must trend inexorably upward, we entered in the late 90s and early 00s into what might be called the Juiceball Era of the American Dream—a time of steroidally outsize purchasing and artificially inflated numbers." [VF]
Revenge of the "bitter" renters: "Longtime renters who bore the brunt of the bubble market with no long-term asset to show for it are finally having their revenge." [NYO]
Realizing its guilt and obsolescence in the current climate, a Cadillac SUV commits suicide in the East Village. [NMNL]
Two billboards. Next to the Gansevoort Hotel. Nothing on them.
Meet tonight to discuss changes to the Public Theater. [CR]
Check out the LES Purim Masquerade Ball: 3/14, 8pm, Workmen's Circle. Writes the organizers, "This party is all about gentrification on the Lower East Side, and finding solutions to it through brilliant strategy by long-term residents, newcomers, allies, and gentrifiers together."
Minetta to be "fully booked here on out." So much for nothing's changed. [Eater]
Visit the lovely Schnackenberg's of Hoboken. [HunterG]
Missing the solipsistic bling years? Go back in time and spend a day with Babs Corcoran. [EVG]
Orchard St: raped, pillaged, dumped in an alley to die. [BBoogie]