Wednesday, February 18, 2009

*Everyday Chatter

More News from the Yunnipocalypse:
-"Nolita" crashes and burns--goodbye to all the little boutiques that killed Elizabeth and environs
-Sex & the City sequel creators strain themselves trying to make the movie "recession friendly"

The Old Homestead Steak House has officially lost their dining room after the landlord raised the rent. It is up for grabs--and looking for MePa retail in an economy where no one's biting:

After Nolita dies, can we get Elizabeth Street back and all the great street art that once graced 11 Spring? [GVDP]

The replacement for the Playpen and Funny Store has been revealed. It's big and it's made of glass. Because "White glass along Eighth Avenue reflects the movement and shimmer of the street"--which may end up being the shimmer of prostitutes and squeegee men. [Curbed]

Affluence of past decade a trick of smoke and mirrors: "there has been basically no wealth creation at all since the turn of the millennium." [NYT]

Jill takes us back to the East Village of the 80s. [Blah]


Barbara L. Hanson said...

Your mention of the Essex Street Card Shop made my heart stop. Been shopping there for decades, lovely people, as were the previous owners.

laidoffNY said...

You scared me regarding the Essex Card Shop. Well, it may not be expanding, but at least it is not closing!

Anonymous said...

They are trying to turn 8th avenue into some Disney extension which will probably end up working, but it's pretty depressing. This country is going to get into a depression anyway so it doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

Of interest: "goodbye dubai"

It looks like Manhattan except that it isn’t the place that made Mingus or Van Allen or Kerouac or Wolfe or Warhol or Reed or Bernstein or any one of the 1001 other cultural icons from Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas that form the core spirit of what is needed, in the absence of extreme toleration of vice, to infuse such edifices with purpose and create a self-sustaining culture that will prevent them crumbling into the empty desert that surrounds them.

Anonymous said...

Interesting article in the Atlantic. Much to do with NYC.

Anonymous said...

I take issue with the excitement that some stores are closing, namely clothing boutiques. Many of these are local designers that make their clothing in the US by Americans. That is why these clothes cost so much. These are the young artists that are lamented so often on this and similare blogs, their art happens to be fashion. The clothes fit well and are made of quality material. It is worth the cost to purchase a shirt or two at higher prices than to have cheaply made chain clothing that doesn't fit, lasts a year and is made in a sweatshop.

Unfortuntely the middle class has been squeezed out of existence in this city so people generally can't afford such "luxuries" of quality made clothes. Wages have been kept aritifically low, so products get shipped out and the middle class needs 3 incomes to afford the quality products that we should all expect. This is further indication of the fallout from the economy, unfortunately these start clothing stores will flee to other cities in other parts of the world perpetuating outsourcing and low wages