Frugal Rocks

Posted on: October 13th, 2008 at 9:01 am by

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Being frugal in the city ultimately leads NY Times columnist Matt Gross back to his old Lower East Side stomping grounds. Back to a neighborhood that is swiftly becoming the “hipster version of crowded Times Square.” A dead-on comparison.

Today, the Lower East Side is a magnet for young people with pop tastes and a lot of money (or a lot of credit-card debt). Velvet ropes abound, and the mobs of partiers transform the tenement-lined streets into a hipster version of crowded Times Square. Below Delancey Street, the scene was cooler and calmer…”

“I’d heard that a new club, the Delancey, was giving away cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon from midnight to 1 a.m., but when I saw the velvet ropes, I knew I wasn’t going in.

Let’s hope the impending doom eliminates such velvet ropes from the downtown scene. These bars will likely struggle in the upcoming months.

Frugal New York [NYTimes]

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