Tuesday, September 9, 2008

*Everyday Chatter

The old EV flea by 12th and A may be getting flipped for luxe housing. [Curbed]

Take another trip to Doyers Street and the Nom Wah tea parlor, this time circa 1961. [HunterG]

The New Bowery claims another victim--in a move "likely to speed the transformation of the area surrounding the New Museum." [NYT] via [Curbed]

Check out "Counter Culture," a photo exhibit of Brooklyn's vanishing storefronts by James and Karla Murray. Opening Sept. 10 at the Brooklyn Historical Society. [Urban Image]

Fratboys were the first to claim the abandoned Christodora House for themselves. [EVG]

Are any of us "immune to housing-in-peril hysteria" these days? Not I. And not this resident of StuyTown either. [Villager]

One man, nineteen years, a lot of shoe leather, every street in Manhattan. [Coffeedrome]


felliniesque said...

I was walking by 50 west 10th St. over a week ago, and they're redoing the front of the townhouse. A vintage sign was revealed by the work that says "Grosvenor". The subsequent word at first looked like Prime, as in Prime Meats, now it looks as if it might be "printing". It is very faded. Any insight as to what the business was at that townhouse's downstairs? It is a very old sign. It appeared as if they were about to paint over it, but it has survived another couple of weeks.I believe 30 Fifth Ave was the Grosvenor Hotel, so perhaps it was a business taking its name from that?

Anonymous said...

More Stuy Town crap here

letsgomets2008 said...

JM- Love the blog but your derisive use of the term "fratboy" is a little annoying. Not all of us epitomize all that is wrong with downtown

Anonymous said...

I've lived on 12th and A since the 80s and while I'm not hating on the flea market, I don't consider it a huge loss like some of the other stuff you profile. More than a few of the sellers thought it was cool to set up wherever without splurging for a table. ($25). 3 times I had to throw idiots from Jersey off the building stoop because they thought it was a good place to have a yard sale. The only thing good about it was that whatever proceeds went to Mary Help of Christians, which made all of those who tried to take advantage of the traffic without paying any dues even more repugnant to me. Since MHOC doesn't exist anymore, of course there is no reason for the flea market.

I think it would be hard to sell luxury housing next to the high school, but what do I know?

Anonymous said...

The Flea Market was a cool scene for many years.
I miss it and so do many other people-young and older-