At the Mall
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Except for the recent beautification at Delancey, the Allen Street Mall is little more than a dingy median. An aged remnant of the old neighborhood. The cracked concrete, strewn garbage, bent fencing, rusted bikes, and dog shit are all proverbial links to the area’s seedy past. But perhaps the most visible icon is the public restroom just north of Delancey. Originally built in response to the deplorable tenement living conditions, the bathhouse has been locked for decades.
Somehow I get the feeling it might be the future site of a trendy boutique restaurant.
Reclaiming the Street for People, Not Cars [NY Times, 2004]