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After all the sad goings on at the former Mare Chiaro and Marion's on the Bowery, maybe we should have an ongoing thread for threatened NYC bars.   Latest warning signs come from the wonderfully nam

i had just pm'ed him that you'd be coming after him. i see it didnt take long.

Time Out has it under their Just Opened heading.

and on the same sad note, this was in MUG last week..

 

 

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Nannyhattan

 

November 29, 2006

 

 

Maybe it started with Mayor Giuliani trying to censor the Brooklyn Museum for showing Chris Ofili's artwork. There was that harebrained some years back to crack down on jaywalking. And scoring a good dime bag of weed is not the walk in the park it once was.

 

Do you see where this going? We'll tell you where it's going: Salt Lake City is where. At what point did we agree to allow the vice squad to improve the city's character?

 

Timers on crosswalk lights?! Let San Francisco keep those. Judging for yourself how to get from here to there in one piece is a rite of passage in these parts.

 

Banning some Christmas beers because the labels might appeal to children? That's what the Beer Advocate has just reported.

 

Allowing pharmacists to deny dispensing medication even with a legitimate prescription to a legal medication because it offends them?

 

The Chicago-style food police are still mulling over whether to introduce legislation banning foie gras. Have they ever seen how most chickens spend their lives?

 

You can't walk between train cars. You can't smoke in bars. Sex shops? Nearly a thing of the past. And why does New Orleans allow go-cups, but we don't?

 

Don't write to us, please, about the other side of each issue. If you read MUG regularly, you know we're not advocating underage drinking, cruelty to animals, or on behalf of tobacco companies. That's not the point here today.

 

It comes down to choices. Much of this city's appeal has always been an implicit promise: you put up with a lot, but in exchange you get a lot of freedom to choose (vices included) how to live your life. A wide tent in a vertical city.

 

Put another way, think of the late, great lyric-writing team of Comden and Green. They were as echt-New York as they come. And their lyric is "New York, New York, it's a helluva town."

 

The lyric is not "New York, New York, it's a nice place to live."

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Maybe the writer has inside knowledge, but it has been stated pretty definitively that the Cedar is not permanently closed.

We don't want the facts to spoil a good whine.

Or fuck with the writer's self-referential presentation of herself as a hipster. Which of course means she is most likely one of the least hip people in New York.

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Maybe the writer has inside knowledge, but it has been stated pretty definitively that the Cedar is not permanently closed.

We don't want the facts to spoil a good whine.

Or fuck with the writer's self-referential presentation of herself as a hipster. Which of course means she is most likely one of the least hip people in New York.

I'll bet she gets all misty over the days when porno palaces lined 42nd St.

 

What pisses me off about all the articles written in this tone is the false choice we're given. We either Choose Life and the accompanying dope dealers on street corners and panhandlers shaking people down in sidewalk cafes or we choose to become an East Coast version of the Mall of America, all squeaky clean with all the rough edges filed off.

 

It's not that simple.

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Maybe the writer has inside knowledge, but it has been stated pretty definitively that the Cedar is not permanently closed.

We don't want the facts to spoil a good whine.

Or fuck with the writer's self-referential presentation of herself as a hipster. Which of course means she is most likely one of the least hip people in New York.

I'll bet she gets all misty over the days when porno palaces lined 42nd St.

 

What pisses me off about all the articles written in this tone is the false choice we're given. We either Choose Life and the accompanying dope dealers on street corners and panhandlers shaking people down in sidewalk cafes or we choose to become an East Coast version of the Mall of America, all squeaky clean with all the rough edges filed off.

 

It's not that simple.

 

Agreed.

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Maybe the writer has inside knowledge, but it has been stated pretty definitively that the Cedar is not permanently closed.

We don't want the facts to spoil a good whine.

Or fuck with the writer's self-referential presentation of herself as a hipster. Which of course means she is most likely one of the least hip people in New York.

I'll bet she gets all misty over the days when porno palaces lined 42nd St.

 

What pisses me off about all the articles written in this tone is the false choice we're given. We either Choose Life and the accompanying dope dealers on street corners and panhandlers shaking people down in sidewalk cafes or we choose to become an East Coast version of the Mall of America, all squeaky clean with all the rough edges filed off.

 

It's not that simple.

 

Agreed.

A nice summation of the issue. I remember that thread.

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