Nabe News: September 17

Posted on: September 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm by

Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York has a sprawling piece on Huffington Post about the history of Extra Place, once the garbage-strewn back alley of CBGB. “In 2009, the transformation is complete. Extra Place has been paved and the Department of Transportation has installed street and dead end signs; previously, Extra Place was identified by word of mouth. Avalon has acquired the dead end and plans to bring in retail establishments.” [Huffington Post via Vanishing NY]

Eater has a comprehensive list of all the city restaurants that shuttered in the recessionary summer of 2009.  Since June, ninety-five establishments have gotten the axe [Eater]

The cover story of this week’s New York Press is about fear and violence in Alphabet City (yes, you don’t hear that moniker thrown around anymore).  Grieve takes it a step further, noting that “I’ve heard from several readers the last six weeks regarding an increase in gunplay. In several cases, the details were rather vague — “did you hear about a shooting somewhere along Avenue C the last few nights?” — to do much with.” [New York Press; EV Grieve]

PBR’s image as “ironic downscale chic” (ummm, what?) has led to a 24% boost in sales so far this year.  Nevertheless, the beer company raised prices, making the product more expensive than Natty Light.  More often than not, it costs lots to look cheap [Grub St]

Pictures of immigrant cigarette rollers in 1909.  Child labor.  Note the calendar in the background [Ephemeral NY]

Bobby D and Spike Lee are developing a series for Showtime called Alphaville, set in 1980s Alphabet City.  In a mockery of its existence, the show will inevitably film on location [Runnin’ Scared]



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