Friday, September 25, 2015

What's Happening to the Village?

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. 

Travelerette writes:
"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."


das buut said...

The sad fact is, most people don't seem to care. I just don't understand, how can someone not be bothered by the destruction of their home? All I can figure is that they've not lost anything of value in their lives or lost so much nothing has any value anymore. The first is mind boggling, the second is just pathetic.

On the Six said...

Manhattan as a whole (below 59th Street anyway) will become like Wall Street of the 90's. Just a dead land. Too many cool things happening in Brooklyn, Queens and even the Bronx. Proximity to energy is what makes for a great lifestyle in NYC.

Anonymous said...

It's depressing for anyone who grew up NYC

Now, Villager said...

It's completely unacceptable that buildings are permitted to remain unoccupied and decay, sometimes for years. The building at the NW corner of 22nd and 7th used to be a great coffee shop on the ground floor. But the the floors above were unoccupied. When the coffee shop closed twelve years ago, the entire exterior has fallen into disrepair with garbage collecting on the sidewalks, graffiti and junk posted on the windows. Such a beautiful building in a great location, but owned by someone who doesn't give a damn. This shouldn't be permitted. Properties should be required to be cared for and maintained. If you can't do it, then sell it to someone who can.

dishy said...


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