Escape from Brooklyn
While the average rent for a studio in Williamsburg reached $2,709 in December, the mean rent for a studio in a non-doorman building on both the Upper East and West Sides was $1,905 and $1892, respectively.
In a city like New York, where everything is superlative, who exactly is middle-class? What kind of salary are we talking about? Where does a middle-class person live? And could the relentless rise in real estate prices push the middle class to extinction?
Nine months ago I had to close the original East Village Life Café. Today I am very sorry and sad to finally announce that I have to throw in my tea towel and close my second venue, Life Café 983 in Bushwick on June 30. A new café/bar will open immediately thereafter under a new name. I shall take a break from the restaurant business for the time being.
I know it’s hard to believe. After 30 years, in September 2011 I had to close my East Village café because I could no longer carry the huge business losses caused by the two warring landlords who fought over structural repairs to their property.
And a few months later the landlord of my thriving Bushwick café told me that he was not going to extend my lease.
Barclays Center “a more graceful approach”
Two New York City musical mainstays — Bleecker Bob’s Golden Oldies, a record store in Greenwich Village andSouthpaw, a performance space in Park Slope — are calling it quits. And what will replace them may provide fresh evidence that the city has traded its longtime rock ’n’ roll edge for something mellower, and a bit corporate.
The gentrification of Harlem has helped deplete their ranks, as younger residents, black and white, have arrived but not taken up places in their pews. Longtime Harlem families, either cashing in on the real estate boom over the past decade or simply opting to head south for their retirement, have left the neighborhood and its churches.
NYT asks “Or will it be a vortex of traffic, trash and other civic headaches, as some residents fear?”
Really NYT, there is some hesitation and doubt in your mind as to what it’s going to be?
We are f$$$d. Brooklyn is f$$$d. Thank you, again, Michael Bloomberg.
The department’s rule, one of many put in place a year ago, was intended to control commerce in the busiest parks. Under the city’s definition, vending covers not only those peddling photographs and ankle bracelets, but also performers who solicit donations.