Tuesday, March 27, 2012

10 businesses that I spent time in last spring, and how they look today

Yummy House...


Film Academy Cafe...

[Bobby Williams]

Life Cafe...


Mars Bar...

[Photo yesterday by Bobby Williams]

Sal's Pizzeria...


Intervideo Electronics...


Billy Antiques & Props...


Polonia...


East Village Farms...


The Holiday...


Business as usual? Part of the New York is always changing mantra...? Or is the rate of transformation accelerating of late...?

15 comments:

Jeremiah Moss said...

gasp. it's always shocking when you put it all together that way.

Bowery Boogie said...

it's definitely changing at a more rapid clip of late.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, even if they're cutting bonuses on Wall Street (which they keep saying and it never seems to happen), the tide of affluence is gonna swamp what remains of the funky Village. Maybe Ray's will survive, but not much else. The good news is that in twenty or thirty years, Wall Street will have moved to China and New York will probably be a very different kind of city. Or a dirty Paris. We'll see, or someone will.

evflip said...

Anon 9:50- That's a fascinating idea. With the world shrinking, the need for cities is changing. It's no longer the industrial hub. Many immigrants bypass NYC and head straight out and beyond where rents are affordable. Will cities of the future exist because that is the most sustainable form of living for an overpopulated planet? Or will it be a playground for the few? Where is NYC headed?

Marty Wombacher said...

Wow, sad to see all these places gone. At least there's a boom in business for places that make "closed" signs.

MikeAOR said...

I was never a Yummy House fan. Sad to see Polonia go though.

Anonymous said...

Given your streak, perhaps you should start hanging out in the Subways, Seven Elevens and other Anywhere USA chain stores in the hood. Maybe then those will be gone by next Spring.

EV Grieve said...

@ anon 12:32

Ha. I'll be like a Cooler. Bring me in to ruin the hand...

Goggla said...

Ugh, seeing these places in this way...so depressing.

nygrump said...

I think the plan is to prop up the urban areas related to finance and government, but other areas will be left to decay. The conspiracy nets keep talking about UN Agenda 21 which I understand to be the elite's blueprint.

Mark said...

Great (?!) to see it put this clearly. Expand another six months or so and you could add:

Kim's Video on St Marks
Love Saves the Day
Rubens Empanada

And more I know I'm forgetting.

Uncle Waltie said...

I think the "Holiday Lounge" is going to be re-opened by the building owner and run by the woman of La Palapa next door. Local people!

Anonymous said...

I still miss Yummy House. It was my go-to place for Chinese food. And don't even get me started on Holiday and all of the other places we've lost.

Anonymous said...

@ nygrump: Good to see that we still have room for the Loonies. To claim that Agenda 21 is "the elite's blueprint" is regurgiating Republican dumbspeak. (The RNC adopted a resolution earlier this year claiming that Agenda 21 "is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control") It's really about sustainable development, should you ever care to actually read it.

Matthew has 2 T's, dumbass said...

take it to the polls.....bloomberg and his cronies only care about $$$$$$$$$