I look forward to seeing what the East Village becomes (Avenues A-C especially), for at this moment it is a neighborhood that is in the midst of change. Avenue B is a ghost town commercially, the community nature of the neighborhood has all but vanished, and it is over-run every weekend by a generation that has no vested interest in the East Village community except to visit on the weekends.
The city is the building block of civilisation and of almost everything people do; a guidebook to the city is really, therefore, a guidebook to how a large and ever-growing chunk of humanity chooses to live.
“but every 60 feet is fine.”
See also: the tension between empty lots like the vast SPURA wasteland on Delancey and yuppie boxes like Blue condominium on Norfolk and the Hotel on Rivington. What’s the happy urban medium?
I have a lady cabdriver! Native NYer, hates yuppificafion.”I didn’t need a pusher and a hooker every 10 feet. But every 60 feet is fine.”— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) July 26, 2012
Six years on the Lower East Side + six years of attending New York Tech Meetups + far too many years of wanting someone to start a monthly morning local meetup like Dumbo’s Creative Mornings or Williamsburg’s North Brooklyn Breakfast Club in my own neighborhood = time to shut up and just do it.
If you live or work on the Lower East Side—or your company is located pretty close by (SoHo, East Village, Chinatown)—and you’d like to spend a morning each month meeting your neighbors and hearing some of them talk about their awesome projects, all over coffee and donuts, I’d love to hear from you. Please join the Lower East Side Donut Brigade Meetup! I hope to announce a date and location for our inaugural monthly meeting in the coming weeks.