When a fad finally passes over and we’re confused where the East Village is anymore.
Anyone taken a walk through the East Village lately? No? That’s that we thought so too. On our way to a function we accidentally crossed past third avenue and below tenth and we’re dealt a blow to our sensibilities.
Here are the things we found that (we assure you) you would have never found 5 years ago.
1/ Kids from Connecticut and Westchester.
2/ Fast food Japanese food (it used to be gourmet, but we guess anything flies now)
3/A lack of wealthy people. Well they may be wealthy but for all appearances sake – it’s faux grunge and mom and dad’s money paying the rent.
4/ Wal mart? That really confused us.
5/ Punks that have been replaced with aspiring actors who play punks only if they are paid to play them as opposed to being them in real life
6/ Gaulloise cigarettes have now been replaced by ‘loosies,’ and Marlboros. God- what happened to all the French people who spend all day complaining about life and sipping their lattes at Café Orlin?
7/Camp and vintage stores which have been replaced by John Varvatos and similar up market boutiques
8/ Latin bodegas where you used to be able to get a $4 Cubano sandwich for gourmet $8 mozzarella sandwich.
9/ Beggars that used to spit at you have been replaced by young polished men who smile and open the door for you.
10/ Young broke men that used to spit at you have been replaced by young polished men who smile and open the door for you.
NYC- the town that keeps on changing for better or worse…