Christopher St. art gallery The Chair and the Maiden closes with a goodbye note saying "ART HAS NO PLACE IN THE WEST VILLAGE!" And that we who value "the West Village's historic roots of self-expression are saddened" that the gallery is being evicted "under the guise of 'progress' and retail avarice."
Checking in on the Peep-O-Rama sign in Times Square's visitor center. [NYT]
Is the destruction of Times Square really over at last? [NYT]
The destruction of Canal St. begins. [NYT]
The destruction of Coney continues with demolitions of the Shore Hotel and Henderson Building. [ATZ]
On the passing of Elaine's Elaine. [CNY]
How a local LES butcher revived his business. [CR]
Best wishes and get well to LES blogger Bob Arihood. [EVG]
7th St. is given over to lanky Italians, homesick Brazilians, and other obnoxious foodies: "The echoes of demonstrators yelling 'Die, Yuppie Scum' may be very faint these days, but there is no Shake Shack...yet." [NYT]
Meanwhile, E. 7th is growing a tumor. The top has been ripped off and another floor has been added to this tenement house with a long history of community involvement, political activism, and artistic creativity. The owner's friends wrote in to my original post to say she is "taking great pains to do a historical renovation." She is also, I hear, adding an elevator. I guess that's for reaching the new floor.