Thursday, December 8, 2011

*Everyday Chatter

Lucky Cheng's is being pushed out of the East Village--unless you want to buy and preserve it. [Grub]

Timboo's classic dive bar of south Park Slope to shutter New Year's Eve. [HPS]

The Chelsea Hotel and its tenants are under attack. [LWL]

Join the Washington Square Park Speak Out against the performance crackdown 12/19. [WSP]

Poor old Chumley's is coming along:

Is the DOH sucking quirky charm from neighborhood favorites? Yes! [Post via Eater]

ACME has gone upscale. [Grub]

A visit to Bill's Gay 90s--before its charm gets sucked out. [MAD]

Enjoy the neon of Howard Beach. [NYN]

Save Leo the famous barge cat. [EVG]


Katrink said...

It's getting harder and harder to find a genuine dive bar with genuine local regulars. That said, the tap beer in Timboos was wretched. But then again, you don't go to dive bars for the tap beer! Although Smith's does pour a fine pint of Guinness.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Very sad about Timboo's. After it closes the only older bars left around there will be Jackie's, Smith's & O'Connors.

Ed said...

Lucky Cheng's is moving to the Times Square area, which is actually a more appropriate venue for them and their clientele.

O'Connors shouldn't be counted in the list of bars "around" Timboos. Yes, they are both in Park Slope, in the same way that both Subway Inn and the Guggenheim are both in the Upper East Side. But O'Connor's is quite a hike from the area around and just to the south of 5th Avenue and 9th Street where you have Jackie's, Smiths, and Timboos. And having two of these around in the same area is still pretty good, though the hypergentrification to the north of 9th Street keeps threatening to leap across that boundary.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Sorry Ed - I meant "around" as Fifth Ave. Slope in general. O'Connors is a hike from the others, true, but still on Fifth & there are no other older bars left on the avenue between Flatbush & the cemetery. I'm happily south of 9th & close to the cluster. Agree that the hypergentrification of pricey boutiques & destination restaurants hasn't hit Fifth south of 9th yet, but it won't be too long, alas, & we do have the vanguard of Soho bike store, condos, etc., & a lot of older, small businesses gone. Live around the corner from Timboo's & will miss it a lot.

Anonymous said...

Is there any chance that Chumley's could come back as it once was?

Can dinosaurs return as household pets?

Can you imagine if it did return? Would its darkened doorways be clotted with douche bags and shopping bags?

Years have passed and I'm still having trouble facing the reality of a facade that crumbled only to leave us with... God knows what.