tatumonealsbuilding.jpgDid you notice the characterizations made by the media about the Lower East Side in the telling of the Tatum O’Neal crack buying story? From ABC: “A police spokesman said she was seen buying a controlled substance from a man in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, once a crime-infested neighborhood that has become trendy.” The AP went with: “O’Neal’s arrest Sunday on charges of buying cocaine in her gritty-chic downtown Manhattan neighborhood suggests her struggle with addiction may not be over.” So which one best describes the LES: “trendy” or “gritty-chic”?