Thursday, July 21, 2011

*Everyday Chatter

How to spot a narcissist: "They're considered more stylishly clad, cheerful, and physically appealing at first sight than are those who score lower in narcissism..." [PT]

What's up with the chirpy, optimistic narration on this death of Coney Island video? [NYT]

Like the rest of the city, Grand Central Terminal upscales and boots out its long-time tenants. [NYT]

Get ready to be disgusted: Bowery flophouse becomes boutique hotel--with homeless people still living in it. [Curbed]

One blogger's guide to surviving in New York. [VL]

Karl Fischer comes to E. 12th. [EVG]

July 23: Celebrate the life of Nuyorican poet Cheryl B., and attend the fundraiser for her partner at Dixon Place.

Before I found Jesus...on the side of a shuttered Thai restaurant in the EV:

15 comments:

maximum bob said...

Wow, a boutique hotel with built-in,
authentic crusties on the premises for the amusement of the guests!
How unbelievably precious !
Absolutely priceless, I must text
Paris and Lindsay about this ASAP...

Jeremiah Moss said...

read all the details. it's really beyond the pale.

Goggla said...

SRO - that's beyond disgusting, I don't even know what to say. Why not just stand outside and laugh at/piss on the homeless people while they're at it? What is WRONG with people?

Ken Mac said...

From whence comes this hipster style of slicked back hair, scruffy/manicured beard and skintight knee hugging shorts? Like a demented old fisherman's attire

Ken Mac said...

Ever feel like Manhattan is the waning days of the Roman Empire? It's a cliche, but stupidly obvious

Jeremiah Moss said...

look at their website: "Our original cabins are the most historic sleeping accommodations in The Bowery House. Originally built in the 1940's for soldiers returning home from World War II, many of the initial inhabitants of these rooms never left what was supposed to be temporary housing. In fact, hundreds of the individuals that moved into 220 Bowery when it was called the Prince Hotel, spent upwards of 50 years living in these single rooms. It was these long term occupants that eventually came to personify the gritty nature of the Bowery during its reign as New York's 'Skid Row' from the 1950's through late 90's."

http://www.theboweryhouse.com/original.html

Filmatix said...

"Excuse me, bellhop? Are these aged tomatoes I'm about to hurl at these locally-sourced vagrants considered farm-to-table?"

Ed said...

The survival guide is stupid, and the last comment explains why.

I grew up here and have lived here forty years, and no one I know calls either Manhattan or New York "the city". Its always Manhattan or New York. If you lived in Brooklyn especially and heard someone refer to Manhattan as "the city", it was the mark of a recent transit.

However, in other parts of the country, there are instances where people call the center of the local metropole "the city". They also will sometimes say the come from (name of the city) when they live well beyond the city limits, deep in the suburbs, which doesn't happen here.

Crazy Eddie said...

Missing on History page:

"It was in these single rooms that many of the Bowery’s most eccentric characters (bums, bed bugs, lice) lived for decades adding to the lore and drama of New York’s former skid row."

Crazy Eddie said...

Also, the Daily Show needs to send one of its "reporters" there ASAP.

BaHa said...

@Ed: No. I'm a ninth gen Brooklyn native and that is exactly what we said. What are you doing this weekend? Going over the city.
He gets just about everything else wrong, tho. Ices? Sheesh.

VisuaLingual said...

BaHa and Ed, I wrote the "survival guide" as a partly helpful, partly tongue-in-cheek list that explains a lot the New York idiosyncrasies with which I grew up in Brooklyn. From your comments, it seems that some of them may be specific to a neighborhood or generation, and not as broadly accepted as I'd thought. Fair enough!

Katrink said...

I hope that hotel is haunted by the nastiest ghosts of the most foul Bowery bums ever.
And I absolutely HATE that f**king NY Times video. Nothing can replace the unique community that is Ruby's.

laura said...

ed 11:41- sorry, but manhattan was always called "the city". grew up in brooklyn, 4th generation new yorker, hardly a transplant. 4 of our generations said "the city" and 2 of these generations were manhattanites before they were brooklynites. *arrived in the late 1880s). & my friends got together to ride the subway to the "city" when we were teenagers. you remind me of a woman who cursed & screamed @ me once on lex &85th, calling me a fxxking tourist because i was carrying a camera. whats up w/new yorkers? most of you are ovious transplants. guess what? 40-50 years ago NO one had these fxxking conversations.

laura said...

re: hotel dosnt anyone see how great it is that the original tenents are allowed to stay? am i mising something here?? are they being evicted? its a hotel for college kids for god sake. a youth hostel w/shared showers. what ever. the renovation looks good. if the kids dont mind staying w/the men so what???