TONY Sets Sights on Chinatown
Time Out New York [link] examines the inevitable hipster takeover of Chinatown:
But unlike the East Village or the Lower East Side, Chinatown has long presented significant cultural and linguistic barriers to “outsider” entrepreneurs—protecting it, many argue, from the kind of gentrification that has priced so many people out of other downtown neighborhoods. So the recent opening of a place like Apothéke, located on one of Chinatown’s most historic (and quietest) streets, prompts the question of who stands to benefit: those eager to treat Chinatown as their latest absinthe playground, or the neighborhood itself, which, far from being a static monument, could profit from an infusion of cash.
The neighborhood should brace itself. This article is proof positive of the green light given to uber-gentrification.