Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Where 30 Is Ancient, Youthful at 80" (the East Village in this case)


The Times has a feature today on a Halloween costume party at the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Senior Center on 12th Street.

The article, titled Where 30 Is Ancient, Youthful at 80, starts like this:

Anyone hazarding a guess about the demographics of Manhattan might name the East Village the youth capital of the island. It's a place where anyone over 30 starts to notice that her standard fashion go-to's are suddenly has-beens and that everyone else in the environs has preternaturally dewy skin. One friend decamped from the neighborhood when she turned 32 and decided that that was too young to be the oldest person in her building...


Influx of youngsters aside, the piece also notes that in the Community District 3 (EV, LES and Chinatown), "31 percent of people who are 65 or older are living at or below poverty level, the second-highest rate for the elderly in New York City."

3 comments:

Larry Slade said...

As I tell people when I tell then where I live, that the EV is home of the rich or the old. And I ain't rich.

Goggla said...

I'm suddenly one of the oldies of my building. When did that happen?

EV Grieve said...

My neighbors are like 24, which makes me feel old. And they bought Beatles Rock Band, which made me feel older.