I'm proud to be part of the #SaveGansevoort group trying to preserve the challenged landmark areas of NY. One of the last frontiers battling with yet another money hungry landlord is Gansevoort Street. We're trying to keep one of the few remaining blocks low-rise, retaining its original character. I'm lucky enough to remember when the Meatpacking District was full of character! There wasn't a hint of the bridge and tunnel "hipsters" glued to their cell phones googling the next hot spot. They're oblivious to the landmarked areas they're walking thru taking their umpteenth selfie... unless of course their Manolo Blahniks get stuck in the iconic cobblestone streets.
Where have all the real club kids gone? The ones who dangerously ventured to the after hour clubs in the Meatpacking District? Where have the trannies gone that walked around until the early morning hours as the meats were being delivered by the truckers? Who remembers The Mineshaft, Florent, the Piers, Hogs & Heifers or J's? Does anyone remember the smell of raw meat and the sight of blood being hosed down the cobblestones? I remember...
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I used to frequently hang out in NYC in the 80s/90s and since then have only visited about once every few years. My last trip was a few weeks ago and boy has the city changed. Much like SF, still a great place to be sure but completely different....I think most of the hip and cool left both cities years ago. Both are now basically gated wealthy communities. Sigh.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment Paul. I love NYC and there are still a few micro neighborhoods that haven't been overly gentrified. I'm very grateful for that and will continue to help preserve what's left.Delete