Nabe News: August 27

Posted on: August 27th, 2009 at 1:41 pm by

The Standard Hotel is redefining classic notions of urban voyeurism.  Especially considering hotel management urges its high-paying clientele to expose themselves for all to see.  Jeremiah contrasts this change with the city of Rear Window, noting that “in its tenement backyards and apartment-house courtyards, drama unfolded like an old striptease, piece by piece, simultaneously revealing and disguising [Vanishing NY]

Was the playground at Mary Help of Christians in the East Village ever sold?  Last summer, the lot was under contract for $10.4 million, yet it still sits empty [EV Grieve]

A look back at Gerde’s Folk City, the Village club where Bob Dylan launched his career.  It was originally located at West Fourth and Mercer, but moved to West Third Street in the 70s.  Now it no longer exists [Ephemeral NY]

Some dudes want to pay women to be arm candy – “wingwomen.”  From the Craigslist ad, “your job is to market us to beautiful women we meet at parties and events around Manhattan.” [Hunter-Gatherer]

Criticism of the new Grand Street bike lane continues.  Many seniors living in its path claim its existence endangers their safety, and hurts the bottom line of stores and restaurants [The Villager]

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