"New Yorkers who incessantly gripe about gentrification have become as grating as the near-constant noise of luxury condo construction... But David Freeland's affectionate, detail-packed tome...adds a lyrical song to the cacophony." [TONY] Freeland talks 8/11 at the Tenement Museum.
You could live in Langston Hughes' Harlem brownstone--hey, it's a buyer's market. [GLF]
On the enduring question "Is a Barton gym better or worse than a Barnes & Noble?" The Post chimes in, "Locals who complained about the closing of the enormous Barnes & Noble formerly occupying this space might note: While a bookstore is very East Village in theory, a 700-plus-store national chain that displaces ma and pa bookstores is not... online retailers that are hurting bookstores have made gyms 'the new town square.'" [EVG]
Does this Store for Rent sign mean the EV Tasti-D has become a casualty of the bloody fro-yo wars? Across the avenue, will "16 Hindles," with its massive "16,000 cups" trash attack, reign victorious?
Check out the Glitz & Grime of old (and new) Times Square. [Gothamist]
The storefronts of NYC, as seen by James and Karla Murray, are restored to life-size and covered in graffiti art at MOM & POPism. Open to the public 8/15. [UIP]
Discover what is "so stinking special" about Knickerbocker Village. [ParisB]
Here's an excellent suggestion for Coney redevelopment: "Go totally nostalgic. Re-create Luna Park and/or Dreamland and Steeplechase Park. Build them the way they looked in their heyday." [Ex]