Thursday, May 22, 2008

*Everyday Chatter

Recently, I wrote about the Georgica condo getting concretized. This week, at their 86th St sales office, Yorkville's landed gentry were feted with a welcome-to-Georgica cocktail party. And no such bash would be complete without violinists, a lot of white people in khaki, and a person-of-color in maid's uniform holding a mop in the background. This looks like a scene from some pre-Civil Rights Hollywood movie.

photo sent in by reed korach

As Bloomberg gets closer and closer to the end of his reign, he has become "short-tempered, scolding, even petulant," and invokes the royal We as he screams, "We need the power!" Holy cow. [Times]

Hands off the Wonder Wheel Bloomie! [Gothamist]

Tonight: Don't miss Luc Sante chatting with filmmaker James Nares at Anthology Film Archives.

Today Grieve checks in on the forlorn pile of wood that was once the Toy Tower. These pics are not for the faint of heart! [EVG]

And what will replace the EV's old eccentric gardens? Neat little orderly gardens sponsored by big corporations. [Curbed]

A "sweet little garden" dies behind Brooklyn scaffolding. [PMFA]

Ah, Fleet Week. I love seeing sailors walking around town--it gives me a wonderful, mid-century, MGM-musical kind of feeling. If you like sailors and long for Meatpacking sleaze, this party might be your kind of thing.

If you're like me and can't make sense of the crazy drama going on over at the Chelsea Hotel, here's a helpful round-up of reading material. [LWL]

A graffitist agrees, Generation O is "what's wrong with America." Among other things. [NYS]

Take another peek inside the just-saved St. Brigid's. [Otway]

We want to go skating: Save the new Coney Island roller rink--give them some money. [Gothamist]

Seems the NYPD thinks the kids at the Pour House are too dumb or spaced out to know how not to be victims. They require the following instructions: "be alert," "don't leave your handbag over the back of your chair, on a stool or on the floor," and "don't leave bags or laptops unattended." Duh.


Anonymous said...

It's good to be white. Manifest Destiny -- yayyy!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my god. That Georgica pic, c'mon, it's a promo shot, right, it just can't be real. If it is indeed a promo shot, such as we're seeing for all of these bullshit luxury boxes being constructed, that makes it even more offensive. I mean, that cleaning woman standing forlornly against the wall whilst those of the privileged class (read: white) bask in their entitlement; holding a fucking mop, no less. This is so wrong for so many reasons. I'm sitting here shaking my head in disbelief. What is wrong with us?

Anonymous said...

I've planned on going away for the Memorial Day weekend, but opted to stay in NYC and do my vacationing and sight-seeing in here instead. I'll just try to visit the places that are still around and the ones that will no longer be around (such as Florent -- I missed the one for Minetta Tavern, Cheyenne Diner) I'm afraid that if I were to go away for the weekend, a shop or a restaurant may have closed to make way for another condo. I try not to turn around or blink an eye anymore. Oh yeah, I'll also visit St. Brigid's before a condo developer "outbids" the anonymous donor (could happen) and does turn the church into a condo.

Jeremiah Moss said...

the georgica pic is the real thing baby.

Anonymous said...

remember people, new york is a liberal city *jerk off motion*

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone let themselves be exploited and degraded to be dressed-up in a maid's uniform holding a mop while those yuppies in their khakis sip their cocktails? Must be an out-of work actress temping. We've come a long way, baby.

Anonymous said...

Why? Well, try this: I can't say for sure what ethnicity she is, but I'd guess she's from south of the border. If that is correct, standing in that entranceway ready to mop up someone's spilled glass of sauvignon blanc is probably preferable to the little or less than what she had back home.

If she is a born American, then it's her misfortune to have been born of the underclass. Either way, yes, it is degrading.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that maid's job is one of the many jobs douchebags on the right are talking about when they decry how "those people"- Mexicans and central Americans- are taking jobs away from Americans?