Nabe News: July 21

Posted on: July 21st, 2009 at 1:30 pm by

The blight of sidewalk sheds on our city landscape.  An awesome article on the eyesores of these permanently temporary structures.  “During the real-estate boom, New York had between 4,000 and 6,000 sidewalk sheds. During the real-estate bust, New York still has between 4,000 and 6,000 sidewalk sheds.” [Wall Street Journal]

A detailed play-by-play of Koi’s denial at last night’s Community Board 3 meeting [Vanishing NY]

…And Eater has more on the meeting [Eater]

The Subway mascot hanging around Second Avenue and St. Marks Place recently received a makeover.  A new costume, new name (“Subman”), and slimmer look [EV Grieve]

The storefront vacancy rate is now hovering at an estimated 6.5%, the highest level since the early 1990s.  That number is expected to rise to at least 10% by the middle of next year.  Of course, small business owners and their respective neighborhoods are hit hardest by high rents during the recession.  “Lease renewals are the single biggest killer of small businesses in New York City.” [New York Times]

Union Square turnoverNordstrom Rack is moving into the former Virgin Megastore, while Best Buy will seize the Circuit City space [Racked]

A day inside Tan Tin Hung Supermarket on the Bowery, and the ensuing meal [Hunter-Gatherer]

Excavating the yard behind 97 Orchard Street reveals past treasures [Tenement Museum Blog]

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