Thursday, June 30, 2011

*Everyday Chatter

More unlocked: "at Equinox, a 42-year-old man put his belongings in a locker without a lock before hitting the showers...when the victim returned he noticed his pants were off the hook and his $600 Louis Vuitton wallet was gone, along with two $600 BlackBerrys." [BHB]

US Marshals seize H&H Bagels. [WSR]

Is tonight the last call for Mars Bar? [EVG]

On the Bowery: "who would have imagined a fashion boutique on this strip of derelict buildings and insistent windshield washers?" But another new boutique is here--and the owner thinks CBGB still exists. [WSJ]

Victoria's Secret invades a billiards hall in Yorkville. [LC]

Documentary about George Plimpton getting kickstarted. [LM]

Enjoy the trashy shores of Dead Horse Bay where a century of garbage "tinkles like ice cubes in a high ball glass." When will the hipsters artisanalize that? [FVP]

St. Mark's Bookstore owner is "hoping that landlord Cooper Union will meet with him to discuss a reduction in rent." [JKMP]

The way it all goes: "When P.S. 122 returns, it will be to an utterly transformed building, one that bears little physical resemblance to its scruffy, scrappy roots. There is much to be gained... But something will also be lost." [NYT]

Timeline of the latest Lower East Side crime wave. [BB]

21 comments:

Grade "A" Fancy said...

CAR?

Party idea:
1. Enjoy flasks of blackberry wine.
2. Browse this new Bowery boutique.

I see a fun Marty After Dark episode!

Marty Wombacher said...

What planet is the pickpocketed person from? I'm guessing Planet #White Whine!

@Grade "A" Fancy: Ha! I'll start working on that idea, thanks!

Goggla said...

Dead Horse Bay: Blech! I'm really surprised there hasn't been more outrage about this.

Gym lockers: it never ceases to amaze me how often this happens. At my last gym, the majority of lockers were unlocked and women kept their purses in there, as well as laptops and other valuables from work/school. Several times, I thought about taking the stuff out or moving it as I had a lock and an empty locker was hard to find. When I couldn't lock my things, I took my bag with me to the machines. Sorry to say it, but these people need to learn a lesson the hard way.

maximum bob said...

600 bucks for a stupid wallet?
Heh heh, I guess the more money you have, the more clueless you are.

James Taylor said...

People who stress about rent do not take jacuzzis.

James Taylor said...

In reference to the WSJ article, why is every new opening "a gallery, an event space and a retail outlet"? Do people not have an idea of what they want to do, besides open a vague business and get richer?

@touristproblem said...

That story on the Misha Nicole chick made me puke up my nuggets. I actually want to go into her store and take a big smelly dump on her floor. Or I would pay handsomely for someone to do it. No, actually, I want to do it...

Mitch Broder said...

Think of all the reclaimed retail space when the banks finally die of overexpansion.

hoolsa said...

You know your narcissism is at its peak when you blithely post a Craigslist ad asking for it back... at your doorstep.

Jeremiah Moss said...

made me wonder if the pickpocket was also a hook-up.

and i love that White Whine.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

The Dead Horse Bay photograph is quite something. Check out Nathan Kensinger's pictures on DHB, too:
http://kensinger.blogspot.com/2008/02/dead-horse-bay.html

Caleo said...

So according to Misha, the Bowery is developing that "edgy" feel she's looking for??!!!
I don't even know what to say to that other than it hurts my mind...alot.

Anonymous said...

Would someone explain to me what "hipsters" actually are? Or is there a link that would explain it. Other groups in the past that were referenced I could identify (yuppies, preppies, hippies, punks) but I swear I can't put my finger on "hipsters." I live in Queens and go through Brooklyn and Manhattan a lot, but I'm unaware of ever seeing one....probably because I don't know what they're supposed to look like. (I'm dead serious here).

Anonymous said...

Misha Nicole says "I wanted a gallery — it helps sell the brand..." like it would never occur to her to just love art for its own sake and support artists through exhibitions. At least she gives to charity, but the author of the article sums that up as "a clever business tactic" like that would be the REAL reason for it. Also, is "incentivized" a word? It really stinks to high heavens.

Carol Gardens said...

Dead Horse Bay is actually kinda cool. Vintage garbage is way more interesting than modern garbage.

James Taylor said...

@Anonymous 11:55PM:

I think the biggest difference between hipster-culture and the other youth cultures you cite is that hipsters are the first without their own pervading motive or ideology for lack of a better word. Instead they simply borrow from other cultures and previous generations. I think this is because kids of baby boomers are the first generation in history who actually would want to emulate and appropriate the culture of their parents (who were the first generation to enjoy "youth culture" in its own right).

Ennuipoet said...

Thanks for the link to my Dead Horse post Jeremiah! It gave me a warm fuzzy for the day!

Little Earthquake said...

I am really tired of the word "gallery" as a catch-all for high-end stores. Ditto "boutique." Both are attempts to pander to the un-monied audience. Not only that, but are women (yes they are 99% women) that devoid of ideas as entrepreneurs that they simply copy and paste one gallery/boutique from another? It's less entrepreneurial than it is a way to be seen and talked about.

As for the pickpocket....I'm from the Midwest, but I was taught common sense. It's got nothing to do with where you're form, although living in NYC should calcify your paranoid instincts.

Anonymous said...

I'm late on this one, but after reading that craigslist posting, I have one (perhaps stupid) question:

The author of that post thanks the pickpocket for leaving his ID behind but then says "you know where I live". How is that possible if he only stole credit cards and a phone?

Just a thought:

After what happened to Narcissus, I would assume yunnies would be afraid to get too close to water, but I guess Jacuzzis are ok since all the bubbles obscure their reflections...

Anonymous said...

James Taylor : Thank you for that answer. I'm sure what you're saying is greatly true. It still sounds kind of vague to me, though, as far as recognizing an actual visibly-identifiable group. But maybe that's part of it too. Like, I've heard you see a lot of them on the L Train, but I've been on the L and only seen the usual variety of people, no one I could identify as "hipster". But, thanks.

Anonymous said...

i left my stuff at crunch on lafayette because i had to go out that night and didn't want to lug it around (also i paid for the locker). so, the next day, someone (not the crunch people, which i believe) snapped the lock during the night (as the locker rooms are unattended) and my stuff was all gone. there was nothing of value- just a gym bag, t-shirt, sweats and sneakers and dirty underwear and socks. crooks are crooks, doesn't matter if it is a ghetto gym or planet reebok-