Monday, March 23, 2009

*Everyday Chatter

There's a new variation on yuppie and yunnie out there: "Yuggies"--those fresh grads emerging with shock and awe into the recession. "Give us something to do," they say, to help pay off those "staggering loans"--like dog walking, typing, or moving furniture. They also do windows.


People are freaking out--wanting to send the yunnies to the guillotine. This Times article recommends doing yoga or going to the spa instead. [NYT]

Enjoy a pickle on the Lower East Side. [NYT]

Lionel Ziprin, "Mystic of the LES," dies. You can get his Goodie here. [NYT]

April 9-12 at Anthology Film Archives: see The Hotel Chelsea on Film.

Grieve visits the end of Extra Place. [EVG]

Buyers forfeiting deposits turn to suing condo developers. [NYT]

Revisiting Fulton Fish Market--back when there were fish. And a market. [SNY]

Visiting the last outpost of Jahn's ice-cream parlors. [NYT]

Against all expectations, the Alaska Food Market bodega rises again on the corner of 17th and 9th:

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to see someone from that block made it out with some hope.

BaHa said...

Here's a suggestion, yuggies: Go home!

EV Grieve said...

Ugh-ies.

KnicksBasketballNY said...

YUGGIES????????

Oh how I wish my grandmother's Siberian Husky were still alive right about now.

That dog would shit all the time.

How fulfilling it would have been to underpay a YUGGIE to clean all of it up.

Ken Mac said...

Yuggies. My hood is full of em. I walked around upstairs at the Whole Foods on Houston today. It's great up there: espresso, sushi, etc. And dozens of sullen looking grads tapping on their laptops. Yuggies are this city's future/past/demise?

Anonymous said...

Jeremiah, you and your crew have so much hate inside you. You unfairly stereotype entire groups of people with one wipe of a brush. That same type of anger is what finally did the guy at the Gowanus Lounge in. The guy just finally lost it and went off the deep end. Ironically, I used to ask him if he believed in karma. He never replied. I tried to give him a taste of his own medicine in my comments. He ignored them. But his daily rants eventually got angrier, eventually devolving into what we all saw in those last tragic days.

How 'bout you, Jeremiah? Do you believe in karma? Do you believe that inciting anger and hate like you do will ever bring your chickens home to roost too? Or do you even care, so long as the rest of blogosphere throws you a memorial too?

I'll tell you something. I always believed in karma. But I certainly believe in it a lot more now...

Gena said...

Why did they mention grocery shopping and laundry twice? They can't even write up a decent sign. I certainly wouldn't trust them with proofreading, which they're supposedly so "good" at.

neil said...

went to the Anthology website and found some weird news about the Chelsea film:

"*URGENT UPDATE*
CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS Premiere Run at Anthology HAS BEEN CANCELLED by the film’s producers.
Anthology Film Archives regretfully announces that it will not be able to open Abel Ferrara’s new feature CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS for its premiere engagement, as the run HAS BEEN CANCELED by the film’s producers. It had been scheduled to screen daily from March 20 to 26. For further information, please contact Stephanie Gray at publicity AT anthologyfilmarchives DOT org."

Anonymous said...

how is it that Jeremiah is inciting hate when he is reporting on what is going on in this city? He didn't write the flyers or articles that are linked here someone else did. And what about all the unfair brush strokes that those who had money and the color of green in their eyes did for the rest of us? We were typecast as being lazy, responsible for our neighborhoods being depressed, dirty or anything else that didn't resemble a pictorial in a west elm catalog. no, not everyone who worked on wall street is a villian, there were ( and stil are) many people who lost jobs there that were secretaries, assistants and small fry..but those who thought they were above being responsible for the actions got brought back down to earth.

Karma did happen, just to a few select individuals who thought they could spread poison and not have it put back in their coffee cup.

Jeremiah Moss said...

anon, to respectfully answer your question about karma, i believe in living ethically to the best of one's ability.

people in this city, and in this country, are justifiably angry about what the culture of greed has destroyed. they don't require blogs to incite that feeling. they feel it on their own. anger is not the same as hatred. though i understand the two are often confused and intertwined.

i also believe it is ethical, perhaps even morally imperative, to critique an unethical system.

as for commenters here, i try not to censor them, except in cases when they attack individuals by name, unless it's a political or other major cultural figure. unduly harsh or revealing personal attacks are those i generally do not publish here.

i hope that addresses some of your concerns.

Melanie said...

are the yuggies the people referred to in AM Newspaper--they are selling their eggs for $10K;sperm for $100 a pop (sorry) and hair $300 and up??

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how the bad karma befalling the banking and housing industry is something that people should find pleasure in. Does it really make you feel that much better than some rich hedge fund manager has to trade down his car or summer house? It all trickles down. The lost tax revenue alone is leading to unprecedented cuts in city services. When you ride the subway and stand next to the poor woman who barely scrapes by, and is trying to shuttle her three kids to school, think about how much more she will pay per day just for her and her family to ride the subway? That's the difference between food and no food on the table for a lot of people. I hate to be cliche, but there is a great deal of truth that Main Street can't function without Wall Street, and we are seeing just that. Is the satisfaction that comes with seeing Wall Street take it in the ass worth watching the effects of the crippling economy crush the poor even worse than before? Or are they just collateral damage to fix a broken, unethical system as you call it? Look at the thousands upon thousands of decent people working middle class or upper middle class jobs that had nothing to do with the banking or housing sector are now losing those jobs? What is there to relish about that? Does the term "yuppie" apply to anyone who makes a decent six-figure salary, even if it's not in the sectors that have caused our economy to falter? Where do you draw the line? How far does your righteous line extend and how do you decide who falls on one side or the other? Why do the people who migrate to the outer boroughs, unable to afford Manhattan real estate, and move into some new glass box in a gentrifying neighborhood get painted as the enemy? Is it socialism that you seek? You say you rail out against an unethical system, but your rants end up netting entire groups of innocent people in the process. I think that's unfair. I think it waters down your message. I think your rants have a tendency to tap into the darkest parts of peoples' souls and stir up anger and negativity, with little in the way of constructive alternatives. What point does any of that serve? Or do you even care?

ShatteredMonocle said...

As anon correctly points out, even people who were not complicit in the Ponzi-like financial adventure stand to feel the devastating after effects. See that's the thing about economics: it does NOT involve "Karma". At the risk of sounding callous, what is happening with the economy is a correction. This blog has done a fine job of documenting the deranging influence the bubble has had on life in New York. It seems reasonable that he should continue his coverage as the pendulum swings the other way.