Sure, you might bring a shrewd mindset and a few inflexible demands to an apartment closing, but a revolver?
Some people do, The New York Times reports, in a story on acts of violence, temper tantrums and shouted threats that accompany some closings in the brutal world of New York real estate.
Is it laying out all of one’s savings and then some that drives people over the edge? Not really, the reporter finds. Mostly, it’s the little things.
Almost a week after we learned designer Betsey Johnson would be featured in a new reality show, Betsey And Lulu, comes the announcement that the spritely 69-year-old’s fashion line has filed for bankruptcy. As a result, over 300 Betsey Johnson employees will probably lose their jobs. To top that off, most of Betsey Johnson’s 63 stores will close.
All is not lost, however. Ms. Johnson still has the eponymous show in the works (as far as we know) and according to Forbes, this certainly isn’t the end of the brand name:
A few weeks ago, The Observer spent a hell of a long time in Mars Bar, the storied punk-themed dive on Second Avenue, expecting it to close any day. Then, we got word of a grace period that could last up to six weeks. They wouldn’t go out without a fight. Old habits die Read More
Looking back, it should have been clear in October how New York City Opera’s year was going to end.
The company opened its season then with the New York premiere of A Quiet Place, the strange, flawed, fascinating final opera by Leonard Bernstein, one of the city’s favorite sons. The opera is close to the Read More
Lower East Side
Transom was saddened to receive the news that the Upper East Side institution Elaine’s-the restaurant named for its legendary owner, Elaine Kaufman, who passed away in December at 81-will be closing after 48 years of business after last call on May 26, 2011. Diane Becker, the longtime manager who inherited the restaurant from Kaufman, explained Read More
Lower East Side
Max Fish was not supposed to make it into February. The much-loved Lower East Side bar — known for its patronage by everyone from Johnny Depp and Courtney Love to the downtown crowd of junkies, artists and junky-artists — lost a battle with skyrocketing rent and announced that it would vacate the space on Ludlow Read More
Goodbye to all that
Since December, walking out of Max Fish — the classic Lower East Side haunt that’s kept artists, rock stars, and downtown lushes wasted since the nineties — meant possibly never walking back in again. Word got out that the property taxes and sky-high Ludlow Street rents were forcing Max Fish out of its location. Read More
Late Singer-Songwriter Elliott Smith walked into Max Fish for the first time in May 1997. The bar then was about eight years old, and it had already begun to foster a relationship with the artists and musicians of the Lower East Side — Max Fish is on Ludlow Street, right above Stanton, and perennially flanked Read More