Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Yeah, A Hostel"

One day soon I want to take a walking tour of this area. It's living history, like getting a chance to stand outside the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929. And it's just a slice of what happened on a grand scale. What an epic waste of national resources.

Good call, Hank.


Anonymous Gregory "Speed" Perpich said...

“This is where the horse stables are, this is where the gardeners’ shacks are, not that long ago…Will you look at it today…When you are sitting in midtown Manhattan, you are sitting amongst a 20th-century invention. A city that grew up at an explosion, as an explosion. It is an explosion. An experiment. A system of test tubes gurgling, boiling out of control. Civilization has never looked like this before. This is ludicrousness, and it cannot last.”

- Tim, Gray Line Tours

7/14/2009 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a piece in today's Daily News - which is far ahead of the NYTimes or NYMag when it comes to what's actually going on in NYC - discussing Williamsburg.

Apparently, middle class herion/crack addicted kids are moving to Williamsburg to slum in the empty condo-complexes. For $, they go to Manhattan and panhandle.

No doubt they call mummy and daddy in Portland or Seattle for bail $ whenever they get busted.

It's like the late 1980s/early 1990s in the LES, except the slumming middle class kids can now squat in unfinished condo-complexes rather than century old tenements.


7/15/2009 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember reading something several years ago (likely before this garbage) that made Williamsburg sound sort of interesting.

7/15/2009 11:35 AM  
Blogger phillybikeboy said...

The trust fund hipsters are moving out? Where will the city get all it's bike messengers now? Oh, well....the good news is maybe a graphic designer might be able to make a living wage now that all the kids willing to work for nothing are gone. Hate to say it, but the Crusty Punks and Trustifarians will be an improvement.

7/15/2009 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a slim difference between the Crusty Punks and the Trustfarians. Not sure it's an improvement, but at least the "Punks" won't jack up the local rents - much the opposite.

Another plus, the "Punks" only hog coffee shop bathrooms to shoot herion, rather than coffee shop tables to sit all day and twitter or whatever it is the Trust-hipsters do.

7/15/2009 12:31 PM  

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