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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"They want the New York of Sex and the City and Friends, which isn’t much to do with the city as it is."



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/06/the-end-of-new-york-how-one-blog-tracks-the-disappearance-of-a-vibrant-city.html


32 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The blame, says Moss, lies with Bloomberg, turning the city’s population into consumers rather than citizens."

True, great line from the article. Thanks STR

Anonymous said...

LOL
Another true, disgustingly sad and frighteningly close-to-home line from the article
On Gawanus
"The area is “totally polluted,” with the storm drains of luxury condos blocked by feces, he says."

Sounds like PCVST with our overpopulation of drunken students who pee in the stairways and bushes, have sex in the lobbies, and required new valves in the basements for all their flushes. GROSS

Anonymous said...

Another one!

"New York becomes a chain-littered luxury suburb"

What is the difference between New York City, Dallas, Kansas City, Stamford CT, Los Angeles, Hong Kong etc. NOTHING!

We lost everything special and unique to NYC.

Thank god for Paris.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I like his take on Chinatown because that's exactly the way I feel. It really is the last Manhattan neighborhood left, though even it is starting to slowly disappear, with former dinning palaces being replaced by hotels and condos.

There are a few places in Manhattan that Moss feels have escaped hyper-gentrification’s ossifying grasp.

“I love walking through Chinatown. It still looks like an accident—like how cities are supposed to look. You can see the layers of history, things are haphazard. People are making things happen on a small scale. There’s a lawlessness. There’s food put out in plastic buckets. No one is regulating them.”

Stuy Town Reporter said...

This quote is priceless, too:

>>As soon as vegan bakeries “or anything with the word ‘artisanal’ in it opens, there goes the neighborhood,” he says wryly.<<

Anonymous said...

STR = please please delete or shhhhhh on the Chinatown post. You are so right. I don't dare mention it as it too, will be gone soon.

Edmund Dunn said...

Under his pen name, Jeremiah Moss, he also wrote two great articles, one in the NY Times (regarding the Highline)and one in the Daily News (regarding the Central Park Horse Carriage industry). On his FB NY Vanishing page, there are always trolls who say, NY is always changing, get a life, etc. This is my standard response to them:

Twelve years of Bloomberg and Burden, who rezoned 40% of NYC, to draw in the favorites of the RE industry (who own this town), the rich, Euro trash, tourists, college students, the just post college Bro/Hipster/Tech crowd and the corporate chain stores that cater to them. Five transient roommates per apartment to share the high rent. The destruction of the NYC middle/working family class, with the steady weakening of the NYS RS law, is now almost complete.

Anonymous said...

The wonderful thing about Chinatown is that you see families there, from infants to 100 year olds. Not the non diverse Bro world that our community, the EV, etc., is turning into. Don't get me wrong, there are still young families here. But in my experience, that demographic is shrinking fast, dorm style apartments are now the standard.

Anonymous said...

Chinatown died after 9/11, and all the great restaurants moved to Flushing. It's a 3rd rate shell of it's former self with it's only redeeming quality is the retention of the grit and run down feeling of tenement buildings that are 100+ years old. You're grasping at straws if you think that this is the last surviving Manhattan nabe.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I've been to Chinatown many times after 9/11 and it still lives!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

"Twelve years of Bloomberg and Burden, who rezoned 40% of NYC, to draw in the favorites of the RE industry (who own this town), the rich, Euro trash, tourists, college students, the just post college Bro/Hipster/Tech crowd and the corporate chain stores that cater to them. Five transient roommates per apartment to share the high rent. The destruction of the NYC middle/working family class, with the steady weakening of the NYS RS law, is now almost complete."

That's about it.

Anonymous said...

Anony 10.35 PM here.

"Chinatown died after 9/11, and all the great restaurants moved to Flushing. It's a 3rd rate shell of it's former self with it's only redeeming quality is the retention of the grit and run down feeling of tenement buildings that are 100+ years old. You're grasping at straws if you think that this is the last surviving Manhattan nabe.”

There are so many red flags in this post. This is a Foodie/RE industry shill. He would like the tenements to be replaced with shiny, new "clean" condos. Which, BTW, are constructed on the cheap. Just in Chinatown recently, had a great lunch at 69 Bayard (“69 is divine, 69 is divine”). While strolling on Mott Street with my wife, a young women came up to me, tried to hand me a flyer, she was saying “Massage?”. Right in front of my wife. No respect. “I Love This Dirty Town.” Chinatown was hit hard post 9/11. But it has come back. Little Italy is now a joke*, there is one of those 365 day/year Christmas stores on Mulberry Street. But not Chinatown.

*”During World War II, this Italian girl, she saved my life, she hid me in her basement, it was on Mulberry Street!”—Henny Youngman.

Anonymous said...

True STR and Bloomberg/Burden couldn't have done it without the assistance of the REBNY possessed Quinn city council ... that then REBNY/Cuomo arrogantly tried to bequeath the NYC Mayoral office to Quinn and the REBNY/Cuomo possessed City Council Speaker position to Garodnick. Recall Cuomo pushed hard for Garodnick.
That being said, particularly worrisome today is Glen/Shorris history of alliances to Goldman / NYU - to borrow the line - entities that put consumers ahead of citizens.

Anonymous said...

69 Bayard ? I found a lump of cat shit in my food there, about 40 years ago....good times.

Anonymous said...

And BTW, what a lame defense of Chinatown it is to call me a
"Foodie/RE shill" when all you do is draw implications from my comment. In fact, I lived here for 60 years, knew every nook of Chinatown there was and lost 90% of my favorite restaurants in the 9/11 flight. Bloomberg/Kelly royally fucked over Chinatown by closing Park Row and removing all the Municipal Parking, and nobody could sustain the business. The guy who used to sell broken fortune cookies on Canal St even fled. RE shill... HAH !

Anonymous said...

Does the DOB fairly apply construction rules too all? Do they give out After Hours permits beginning 7:00am to 9:00pm and on weekends and even look the other way at 6:00 AM start times to the 1%.
No.

Per Gotham magazine, the 1% play by a different set of DOB rules.

No matter how much money you have, some Co-op boards determine DOB permits for their buildings, the duration of the construction time period, the start time of day and end time, etc.

Could a real Tenant Association of the largest residential community in Manhattan have had more say in the DOB process on the construction of the Oval and First Ave loop? Yes had they chosen to oppose it rather than condone it.

http://www.ifoldsflip.com/i/122691/129

Anonymous said...

12.06 PM.

Very well said.

Anonymous said...

http://online.wsj.com/articles/federal-investigation-looks-at-cuomo-and-moreland-commission-referrals-1407459680

We should each and all write or call Preet Bharara asking him to pursue the REBNY case. A lot of middle class homes could be saved across the city and state if Preet does pursue it. Mr Spinola outright boasted of his paying to own Albany.

Here are the telephone and address.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/contact.html

Anonymous said...

I wish these half-witted idiots on their skateboard, scooter, rollerblades and bicycles would just go back t the Fly-Over States where they belong. They don't fit in well with NYC and are a pestilence, like mosquitos and bed bugs.

The never would have come here in the first place if they weren't parentally funded and encouraged by the false advertising of the CW/CR crowd.

This isn't simply a city that never sleeps; this is a 24/7 city because there are hospitals, firefighters, EMS workers, sewer workers and Cn Ed workers working their asses off round the clock so that the City can function next day. Add to that the bakeries, cooks, etc., who have breakfast ready for you at the break of dawn; the cops who patrol and clean up the streets though the night; the incoming and outgoing trains, 'planes and buses.

it's not about partying all night long. It's about keeping the City safe and ready for the day.

Rubes from the Flyover States, please know that "The City that Never Sleeps" isn't about partying, drinking and scoring. The City never slept for very good reasons well before your Mamas' and Pappas' assholes were half as big as a shirt button. Please go away and stop embarrassing yourselves and making us feel such unadulterated contempt for you.

Anonymous said...

Please. People knew how to get fucked and enjoyed it long before Sara Jessica "Horseface" Parker and her dopey DWI Killer husband came on the scene. Go away already.

Anonymous said...

"I've been to Chinatown many times after 9/11 and it still lives!"

I absolutely agree STR and frankly, to say it's a 3rd rate shell of its former shelf" is simply bizarre. Only a carpetbagger could say something like that. I don't know if it's the last surviving NYC neighborhood, but it's certainly one of them.

Anonymous said...

So the management got rid of the Strawberries store for another leasing office site. Well played again.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I lived here for 60 years, knew every nook of Chinatown there was and lost 90% of my favorite restaurants in the 9/11 flight.<<

I don't think anyone is arguing that Chinatown hasn't changed. But you made a very melodramatic statement about it being a 3rd rate shell of its former self, and that is simply not so. I go down to Chinatown fairly regularly. For me, there are some very unwelcome recent changes that are the result of big real estate concerns and higher rents on small businesses. My favorite Asian DVD/VCD store is gone, and a restaurant I always wanted to go to, which did seem a palace, is no more. But walk anywhere in the heart of Chinatown and you still get a strong vibe of an ethnic neighborhood that is vibrant and earthy.

If you want to speak of a neighborhood being a 3rd rate shell of itself, and even worse (it's basically disappeared), then speak of Little Italy.

Anonymous said...

The RS law is exactly what made it possible for this to happen on the residential level. All it has done is create a history of landlord tenant clashes enriching lawyers on both sides and giving politicians ways to score points with voters. The middle class would have been better served with ownership incentives instead and then they might actually have a say over what is happening in their neighborhoods.

Anonymous said...

Yes STR, let's argue about the important things .

Anonymous said...

Are all the apartments getting balconies or just the ones with river views getting balconies or just the Ave C line where the old management office was?

Mr Marsh with your Ave C river view apartment are you getting a balcony and what else is included for you in your deal with Brookfield / CW?

Why all the secrets Mr Marsh and all on the TA? Secret office buildings, secret patios, secret money expenditures, too many secrets with this TA Buyers Association

http://town-village.com/2014/08/08/patios-to-be-included-in-ave-c-building-construction/

Anonymous said...



Our neighborhood needs your attention now. The buyers Association is politicking hard and fast to get their grubby claws on this property the sneakily commercialized, dormitized, and carried out mass evictions of our neighbors for the past 5 years. Mr Guterman we are awaiting your proposal since it is the only way to save our community! According to the DOB CW has been installing more dorms for drunks all summer and is today as we speak.

Anonymous said...

Did they just install an NYU leasing office for the 4000 dorms?

Anonymous said...

"Please. People knew how to get fucked and enjoyed it long before Sara Jessica "Horseface" Parker and her dopey DWI Killer husband came on the scene. Go away already."

FYI, Matthew Broderick was cleared of any wrongdoing (and was not impaired) when he had that tragic accident in Ireland. Get your facts right before posting such nasty statements.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Yes STR, let's argue about the important things<<

Please explain.

Anonymous said...

While I liked the "fun" of SITC, I agree it helped feed a marketing of NYC thing that Bloomberg ramped up to the point of turning NYC into a Vegas theme park of itself. But Matthew Broderick was born and raised here and successful actor or no is part of the fabric of this city like any of its native sons. I don't think he's the problem.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh new neighbors last week. The apartment was painted and rented in three days. YOung as all hell, mommy had to move the three boxes they had with them. There are 3 girls so far - One Bedroom - loud as hell already. Gee thanks all. Especially Dan and
Tenants ass.ociation