Sunday, July 23

Jeremiah Moss Was Here

Cup & Saucer has been a mainstay of Lower Manhattan for more than 70 years, but its owners say a rent increase of $7,600 per month is forcing them to close it.
"On a gray, drizzly Friday in July, I joined Jeremiah Moss for a walk. We met at the Astor Place cube, as the artist Tony Rosenthal’s 1967 black Cor-Ten steel sculpture Alamo is known, in the shadow of two buildings that exemplify everything Moss hates about contemporary New York. To the south stood the awkwardly amoebic Astor Place Tower; looming behind us, the gleaming black glass of 51 Astor Place, a/k/a the Death Star. If real estate money had its way, this neighborhood — gateway to the once irresistibly gritty East Village — would be rebranded 'Midtown South.' In his new book, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (Dey Street), Moss offers a wrenching, exhaustive chronicle of the 'hyper-gentrification' of New York — and the relentless monotony of chain stores and luxury high-rises that continues to suffocate small businesses and displace the poor, working-class, immigrant, and ethnic communities and artists, eccentrics, and bohemians who have made the city what it is. ..."
NY Times: Another New York Diner Turns Off the Grill, a Victim of Rising Rents
New Yorker: An Activist for New York’s Mom-and-Pop Shops
Goodbye Notes to Cup & Saucer
amazon: Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul