Connect by Sharing Thoughts about Vanishing New York

  • June 4, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Le Pain Quotidien

NYC is continually changing.  Sometimes the changes are for the better (eg. Bryant Park being converted from a dangerous drug den to a midtown oasis), and sometimes they're for the worse (eg. mom & pop stores being pushed out by high rents and big box retailers). 

Come join us in discussing your own personal vanishing New York:

- The changes you've seen and what you think of these changes.

- What do you miss?  What do you feel sad & nostalgic about?

- On the other hand, what improvements have you seen--things you're happy about?

- What future changes would you like to see?

Check out this meetup's discussion board, to brainstorm about a potential future meetup on a related topic.

Also,  check out this blog (which, admittedly, is somewhat cranky):  http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/


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  • Bill W

    Is there some way to design a separate, future, meetup around the idea of supporting a struggling small business, to prevent it from becoming the next installment in “Vanishing New York”? Some thoughts are: (a) How to figure out which businesses are struggling? (b) How to select the business(es) to support--some people might want to support a shoe store, others an ethnic food place, others a neighborhood bookstore? (c) Do we do it flash mob style (everyone at the same store at the same time—scheduling may be tricky) or more free-form, like support your own place on your own time and then let's gather to discuss it (what you bought, how you felt, whether you interacted with the staff)? (d) It seems most appropriate to gather to discuss at a food place in need of support, though some people might not want to pay for more than light refreshments. So…what are your thoughts about whether to make this work and, if so, how?

    May 19, 2014

    • Lou

      Hi Bill, I had a similar thought.

      June 5, 2014

  • Lou

    I enjoyed it. I felt that we came out a seemingly simple question from many angles and tried to see what was expected change versus what makes changes seem "different".

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Lou

    Hi Bill, This is an interesting question.

    May 20, 2014

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