"Gentrification is a loaded, emotionally fraught fact of urban life that's had a dramatic impact in neighborhoods across New York City," and you can watch it happen here in GIF form.
Union Square's sad transformation into Times Square proceeds apace: Construction to turn the former Zen Palate space into a TGI Friday's is in full swing, while uptown barbecue chain Brother Jimmy's has already opened and is happy offering sustenance to suit-wearing douchebags for whom the cuisine of Heartland Brewery is a bit too "ethnic" or "challenging." If you stand on the corner of 16th and Union Square East, you will find yourself victimized by the cruel tyranny of choice: Which of the two equidistant glazed dough providers wares will pad your colon, Tim Horton's or Dunkin Donuts?
"The generation of 'pioneers' who moved into the declining area a little more than a decade ago complain now that the Slope is changing. Their friends who rent are being forced out by rising prices and co-op conversions. Laundromats and grocery stores have been displaced by boutiques. Parking spaces are suddenly hard to find and families with children are moving in less frequently. The buzz word for the latest arrivals is 'lawyers from Manhattan.' 'We face a cold, hard, inhuman world created by Citibank and its ilk,' announced the neighborhood bakery…" [[...]
Being naturally petty my initial reaction to news that "residents of a swanky downtown condo building have filed a lawsuit grand-slamming a plan to put a Denny’s restaurant in their building" was of the, "Suck it, rich people, we all have to live with the malling of Manhattan" variety, but on further reflection I decided that I don't want a Denny's in my city even if it does bring with it the benefit of upsetting a bunch of people who pay a million bucks for each bedroom. I suppose we'll never have the revolution if aesthetic considerations trump class antagonisms, but that's a concern I'm willing to put on [...]