is New York City dead?

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Lol Kokie’s. I’ve read about it.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 12 May 2019 12:59 (five months ago) link

The Levee is, or was, functionally the same as Kokie's though Kokie's was clearer in its intent. They sold only the finest laxatives that helped one talk out of turn.

Yelploaf, Sunday, 12 May 2019 16:44 (five months ago) link

Having never lived in nyc proper but been a frequent visitor over the last 20 years, i've definitely noticed a change over the years in the way people I know there (older and younger, different walks of life) talk about the city and their relationship to it... a gradual transition from a sort of fun-cynical "this city is fucked up and everything is hard and all the good stuff is gone and i love it" to depressed-cynical "this city is fucked up and everything is hard and all the good stuff is gone and i wish more than anything that i could leave but i am stuck here".

Last time I was there it was almost surreal, everyone I spent time with, inevitably at some point they would circle around to the universal topic of how badly they wanted to leave, "we're thinking about in the next year or so", etc... wistfully telling stories of people they know who've left in the same way folks talk about survivors of risky operations: "she's doing FINE now, I just talked to her the other day and she says she's NEVER FELT BETTER, honestly!" Definitely some kind of slow psychic change that has not been super fun to observe from a distance.

One Eye Open, Sunday, 12 May 2019 17:15 (five months ago) link

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard
live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft

nonsense upon stilts (Sanpaku), Sunday, 12 May 2019 18:27 (five months ago) link

Last time I went to NYC was 2005. Stayed with my sister who was on a business trip at some fancy hotel near Grand Central, visited friends in Astoria & Park Slope, saw Jonathan Richman play (!) somewhere in Williamsburg. W’burg felt measurably busier than when I was last there in 2002, but everything still seemed cool and New Yorky as a tourist might want to experience it. Has much changed since then?

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 12 May 2019 18:48 (five months ago) link

I worked on Bedford for about 3 years in the mid 2000s. You could still walk around normally to grab lunch, find quiet moments, there would be maybe a smattering of japanese street photographers. Now it's a throng of euro/asian tourists, recent transplants, a Chase, Whole Foods, Sephora, Apple Store all in a row. Oddly enough Sea and Earwax are still around.

Yerac, Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:56 (five months ago) link

I still have a velvet suit jacket I bought new off the rack at Domsey's. It's been a while.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 13 May 2019 14:26 (five months ago) link

they used to have racks of old tuxedo jackets, pants, etc! i was an idiot for not buying that stuff. oh wait, not an idiot just broke.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 May 2019 14:54 (five months ago) link

It would be hard to convince me that NYC has not become a bland, (even more!) expensive and sad shadow of what it was even ten years ago.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 13 May 2019 17:24 (five months ago) link

It’s been hit hard by the “death of retail”. Lots of empty storefronts in central-ish Manhattan neighborhoods. Perhaps more noticeable than in car-centric cities where the downtowns were hollowed out a long time ago.

o. nate, Monday, 13 May 2019 18:01 (five months ago) link

i got drunk and threw up in Max Fish. That was my first NYC experience in the 90's. Every subsequent visit has been tamer and less interesting.

akm, Monday, 13 May 2019 19:34 (five months ago) link

It’s been hit hard by the “death of retail”. Lots of empty storefronts in central-ish Manhattan neighborhoods. Perhaps more noticeable than in car-centric cities where the downtowns were hollowed out a long time ago.


I think manhattan has weathered this better than most places because it can support far more cafes, bars, restaurants.

iatee, Monday, 13 May 2019 19:45 (five months ago) link

and the packed subways are very efficient!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 May 2019 19:59 (five months ago) link

i remember reading some article a couple of years ago that claimed Bleecker St mainly hosts "performative" retail now. that rents are so astronomical, only companies able to take on losses purely for the cachet of having an address on Bleecker can afford to open up a shopfront there.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 May 2019 20:06 (five months ago) link

I was reading a thing too where most landlords jack the prices up so much now to inflate the property value so that they can take cash money out to invest elsewhere (if they can't land the uber corporate tenant of their dreams).

Yerac, Monday, 13 May 2019 20:20 (five months ago) link

i remember reading some article a couple of years ago that claimed Bleecker St mainly hosts "performative" retail now. that rents are so astronomical, only companies able to take on losses purely for the cachet of having an address on Bleecker can afford to open up a shopfront there.


this ran in december. the lede is about the founder of horrible new york society chronicler guest of a guest! god bless people with money i suppose

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/style/bleecker-street-storefronts.html

Gone are the big-name luxury labels like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. The last of the bunch, Brunello Cucinelli, closed its doors in October. In their stead are young, digitally native brands, many of them run by women.

Aside from Lingua Franca and Bonberi, there is Hill House Home, Margaux, the Daily Edit, St. Frank, Huckberry, Naadam, Slightly Alabama and Buck Mason. They are a well-curated mix of small brands with big ideas, and beloved online customer bases, eager to experience them in real life.

This was exactly the thinking of Brookfield Properties, the real estate company behind Brookfield Place, the commercial complex in Lower Manhattan. Last April, after exorbitant rents and a dearth of shoppers had driven out most of the businesses along an expanse of Bleecker, Brookfield bought four retail properties with seven storefronts, and immediately set to work rethinking the landscape.

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“Bad retail is dead,” said Ms. Diamond, whose business has grown fast since its introduction in 2016, buoyed by a new generation of shoppers.

Instagram has been especially important. “That’s basically where all the magic happens for us,” she said, noting that she conducts polls on Insta Stories before offering products like $88 white Turkish cotton towel sets debossed with the words “Soap” and “Water,” released last month.

maura, Monday, 13 May 2019 21:41 (five months ago) link

just tra lala dee fuckin la, apparently, is how it goes, for some people

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 May 2019 22:07 (five months ago) link

NYC is a vanity project.

Yerac, Monday, 13 May 2019 22:44 (five months ago) link

I think I'm moving to the Bronx!

chinavision!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:12 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://1010wins.radio.com/articles/man-stabs-bus-14th-street

xp to "looks like the onion" and fucking mass transit and every other damn thing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 7 June 2019 20:02 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I was frightened when I went to Hudson Yards. It’s everything I came to New York to escape basically. It’s, like, a shopping mall. The whole thing is just like suburbia. In the middle of what used to be a great neighborhood for hookers. That to me is not progress, but I understand to most people it is. I’m not saying I don’t understand the other argument. It just doesn’t seem like New York to me.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/john-waters-in-conversation.html

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 July 2019 03:08 (three months ago) link

NYC not dead, love this story

http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/signs.jpg

A dispute between neighbors in Kew Gardens has become a real-life horror story — as a Queens man has decorated his yard with a Halloween-like monster mannequin that has left his next-door neighbors scared to enter their own home. “It’s gotten to the part where I can’t sleep. My daughter has nightmares about the mannequin. The whole thing is a nightmare,” said Jennifer Feldman, who is so upset at neighbor Shlomo Klopfer, she gone to the police over his yard display.

Feldman said the trouble on 147th Street began 11 months ago, when she asked him to remove a sign on his fence that read “Dead End” because it “creeped” out her then 6-year-old daughter. Klopfer, however, said he collects signs and he chose not to take it down. “I love signs, man. I collect signs,” Klopfer told the Post.

Things escalated from there. Feldman alleges that whenever she called 311 to make a complaint, Klopfer, 62, added more signs. She even went to the cops and talked to officers who deal with community relations. There are now more than a dozen signs that say “Private Property,” “No Trespassing,” and “Dead End” on a wrought iron fence separating the two 147th Street properties. There is also the gruesome-looking monster figure, featuring a blood-splattered t-shirt topped by a Halloween mask with stringy grey hair and blue bulging eyes.

http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/mannequin.jpg

Klopfer’s wife, Ilana, said the couple is angry that Feldman never asked for a face-to-face sit down to settle the issue before going to the cops. “You see a sign. Why won’t you come over and talk to your neighbor like a human being? You knock on the door. You ask nicely. ‘Is it possible to take the sign down?’ She never has,” she said.

For her part, Feldman says: “We just want peace. It’s not just us. He fought for decades with the woman next door. We would like an end to the harassment of our family.” Feldman said she even approached Klopfer’s rabbi in good faith to act as a mediator but things did not get better. Feldman also thinks her neighbor is harassing her because of her interfaith marriage, a charge that Klopfer denied. “The only thing I can think of is I’m Jewish. My daughter and I go to temple. My husband’s Christian. I can’t help that.”

Police can’t force Klopfer to take down the display, since it is on private property and not a criminal offense. Neighborhood Coordination Officers from the 108th Precinct are working with both parties to resolve the issue, the NYPD said. Klopfer is a chaplain who owns a landscaping company called “S&K Tree Service.”

A neighbor who lives down the street said he is to blame and that he generally has beef with a bunch of people. “Klopfer has been in disputes with two other people. I’ve never heard complaints about Feldman,” said the 39-year-old neighbor who requested anonymity. “I don’t know how it started. But it’s getting way out of hand. The evil eye, the scary Halloween thing and all the cameras. I think it’s going too far,” he continued.

https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/queens-neighbor-fight-becomes-real-life-horror-story/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:28 (three months ago) link

lmao

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:42 (three months ago) link

contradiction here though:

Feldman said the trouble on 147th Street began 11 months ago, when she asked him to remove a sign on his fence that read “Dead End” because it “creeped” out her then 6-year-old daughter.

but

"You knock on the door. You ask nicely. ‘Is it possible to take the sign down?’ She never has."

🤔

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:43 (three months ago) link

he just loves signs, man

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:43 (three months ago) link

and hideous ghoulish lifesize dolls, it's a continuum

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:44 (three months ago) link

“You got beef?” Is one of my favorite expressions and one which has been directed at me during a mugging years ago

calstars, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 20:55 (three months ago) link

love that the monster is perched next to ye olde time telephone with 311 painted on, so petty

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:21 (three months ago) link

like at some point you just have to give the guy credit and bake him a pie or something and call for a truce

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:23 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4lDU-QLUY&feature=youtu.be

Evan, Friday, 12 July 2019 17:09 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4lDU-QLUY&

Evan, Friday, 12 July 2019 17:11 (three months ago) link

It's weird to watch video now of crowds of people out in public, walking around, with no one looking at or talking on a cell phone.

o. nate, Saturday, 13 July 2019 02:12 (three months ago) link

heh, my thoughts exactly.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:10 (three months ago) link

to me every day I walk among the zombies is weird

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 13 July 2019 04:14 (three months ago) link

you are legend

lumen (esby), Saturday, 13 July 2019 05:10 (three months ago) link

tonight the UWS is dead

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 July 2019 00:59 (three months ago) link

Living dead

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 July 2019 01:04 (three months ago) link

Glad i didnt go by midtown as planned!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 14 July 2019 04:41 (three months ago) link

Yeah. At around 10:30 ran into a neighbor who had just returned home from his canceled Broadway gig.

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 July 2019 04:46 (three months ago) link

Ha, I was having an early dinner in the financial district. Jumped on the A to go to Penn and it only went one stop to Chambers. Transferred to the most packed 2 train I'd ever been on, which immediately became all local. Transferred after a few stops to a 1 train that was going so slow, we eventually just got out and walked. Minimal lighting and no AC at Penn was spooky.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Sunday, 14 July 2019 13:41 (three months ago) link

people got stuck underground for hours! some real nightmare shit there on a hot july PM

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:30 (three months ago) link

Corey Johnson was all "THANK U GOD" cuz he got to play mayor on Twitter

(such a ho)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 July 2019 16:00 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

https://vimeo.com/238073511
^pertinent

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:51 (two months ago) link

the midi cheese was really wearing on me but it was all worth it for “when people ask me what my block is like, I tell them one time they faked it for Syria.”

El Tomboto, Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:10 (two months ago) link

he has a good deadpan humor but why does he act like he can't read

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Saturday, 17 August 2019 22:44 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I agree... WBAI has sucked for awhile

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:42 (one week ago) link

yeah maybe but fuck's sake, they were one of the few remaining independent on the air

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:52 (one week ago) link

they drove me away around the time Mike Feder disappeared

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:54 (one week ago) link

oy this guy needs help
https://nypost.com/2019/10/10/bryant-park-pigeon-vampire-arrested-for-burglary/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 October 2019 16:55 (one week ago) link


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