Grieve has been following the controversial 7th Street Tumor--and now there's a For Rent sign in the window. Today it's the bedroom for two homeless girls and their friendly cat. Tomorrow, this 3,000 sf space may be the next obnoxious bar and restaurant to invade the street.
Save Union Square from death by too much flare--just say no to TGI Friday's. [Gothamist]
In chain stores per acre, the East Village makes the top 5 most chainified in all of NYC. [Curbed]
And the chain stores keep coming as "the recession could have played a role in facilitating the chain expansion." [CR]
Remembering an older Orchard Street. [HNY]
And another old Orchard business dies. [BB]
Get ready for Brooklyn's Michael Jackson block party. [Gothamist]
How weird and scary is Hollister? Mike Albo lives to tell: "We needed to get out of there before we were trapped in this psychic brothel forever. I clutched onto him, and we battled our way past all the beautiful faces. Like sirens they beckoned for us to stop and transfer our lust into $600 worth of distressed denims and 'casual luxury' tees. Stop being so pretty around me, I wanted to scream." [NYT]