As a corollary to my Death of Chelsea's 8th Avenue post, I point you to The Approximately 100 Ugliest Abandoned Buildings in Greenwich Village, which certainly haven't gone unnoticed by me, even if they are slightly out of my jurisdiction! Fantasy World had just appeared in an episode of "Broad City" and Michael and I used to be regulars at Corrado Bread & Pastry before the mini-chain Bien Cuit took over and ruined it. High rents are affecting all the neighborhoods of NYC, but strolls through the West Village have been particularly glum lately thanks to this mass exodus.
"I had gotten the general impression, while wandering around the Village, that there seemed to be an unseemly amount of hideous and depressing burned out storefronts where once there had been vintage clothing stores, Chinese restaurants that serve cold sesame noodles, and tea shops frequented by local drag queens. But was this just a vague impression, or could I back it up by careful research? I decided to spend today roaming around the Village from Broadway to the east, Hudson to the west, Houston to the south, and 14th Street to the north, photographing all of the pathetically empty ghost buildings I could find. I was going to stop at 100, but at last count I had 103."