The Meatpacking District is now as dead as the cattle carcasses that once poured blood onto its cobblestone streets. The last independent meat supplier in a neighborhood that once has more than 200 has moved into a city-controlled co-op in the neighborhood, the last redoubt of steaks and chops in the area. Weischel Beef is being replaced with—yep—more high-end retail, according to The Real Deal. Read More
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Once upon a time, different kinds of shops existed in different neighborhoods, catering to the different people who lived in those neighborhoods. Quaint, right? But that was then and this is now. And now every corner of Manhattan has been pretty thoroughly colonized, and homogenized, by upscale chain stores.
The transformation doesn’t only happen to formerly-gritty, formerly-edgy neighborhoods, either. The New York Times reports that Madison Avenue is the latest location to undergo such delightful changes—changes that have helped the street shake off its post-recession malaise at the same time that retailers like Juicy Couture and J.Crew are not exactly brands that the most insular and upscale of all Manhattan shopping districts would have originally welcomed with open arms. Read More
With luxury buildings like the Edge and women in Isabel Marant dresses partying at the Wythe Hotel, we thought that Williamsburg denizens no longer harbored any illusions about living in neo-Bohemia.
Apparently we were wrong! Racked has put together an amazing slideshow of man-on-the-street interviews about the rumored opening of J.Crew on Bedford Avenue. Read More
It may be a favored sport of retirees (it’s right up there with bridge and watching Wheel of Fortune), but Gowanus residents are worried that plans to build a bar with regulation-size shuffleboard courts will bring rowdy, inebriated crowds to their neighborhood, The Brooklyn Paper reports. Read More
A decade ago, the only sight more common on the Bowery than the homeless people lining the street was that of the stainless steel restaurant appliances crowding the sidewalk. Today, the streets are still full, but hipsters, tourists and wannabes have almost entirely replaced the punks, pandhandlers and chefs. Only a few restaurant suppliers continue to push their hundred-pound wares outside each day.
The Bari Equipment and Restaurant Supply store at 240 Bowery is one of the few suppliers with no plans to leave their Bowery home. The Bari’s have been shipping pizza ovens to pizzerias all over the city since 1930, when the founding Bari invented a cheese grater that catapulted the store into notoriety. They’ve seen a lot of people come and go in the last 80 years, from a host of unsavory criminals who once populated the Bowery to the shiny new gallery and restaurant owners who now rent some of the Bari-owned properties across the street.
Today, past the shiny new and used appliances pouring onto the sidewalk, past the cheap pans and giant colanders and whisks, foisted by numerous attendants eager to help new customers, three living generations, Franklin Bari, Anton Bari, and Anton Bari Jr., still run the business from a wood-paneled office at the back of the store.
“People walk in every week with offers to buy,” the eldest Mr. Bari told The Observer as he rifled through his desk, eventually locating a recent proposal of $6.25 million. “But we’re not going anywhere.”
However the Bari’s are an exception to the general Bowery restaurant supply store rule. Many of their neighbors have already traded in their Bowery addresses for homes in the outer boroughs. Read More
Chelsea is the new Park Slope, only better!
Why, there are so many cool places to take your hip, urban children—the High Line, Chelsea Piers, the Chelsea Market, all the art galleries and, starting this fall, your terrifically-gifted little one can even attend school nearby at Avenues.
Now if only you could just stamp out those last edgy, transgressive elements from the neighborhood. Sure, those things made you feel superior to your Brooklyn-dwelling friends when you first bought that sleek new condo, but now you’re all about playgrounds and preschools and you don’t want to push your toddler through a crowd of scantily-clad men. Read More
You may have guessed it from all the grilled cheese trucks clogging the streets, but Brooklyn is increasingly popular with white people. Out of the 25 zip codes in the country with the biggest increases of white population over the past 10 years, Brooklyn has four, according to The Awl. Read More
Mitt Romney may have a shot at claiming the presidency come November, but he’s certainly not winning any popularity contests in La Jolla.
Mr. Romney’s neighbors are annoyed with just about everything he does these days. From construction to quadruple the size of his beach house to his secret service detail to wanting to outlaw gay marriage, Mr. Romney has become the most hated person on the block, reports The New York Times.
In the gossipy, resentful tradition of neighbors everywhere, Mr. Romney’s have taken to bashing him like a duck takes to water. (It’s not just New Yorkers living in cramped quarters who complain about their neighbors!) Read More
Over the course of the next few years, Harlem will undergo some major plastic surgery.
First up: a facelift.
Earlier this year, Columbia University began construction of their latest Manhattanville campus expansion, a 17-acre, $6.4 billion site in West Harlem which will serve as the future location of the Jerome L. Green Science Center.
“Five years ago we got some peculiar looks before bidding this project out,” executive director of environmental field compliance for Manhattanville development, Ramesh Raman, told DNAinfo. “Now, good contractors realize this is the wave of the future.”
Second in line: buttock implants. Read More