Has NYC Lost Its Character?

01.24.11 Bucky Turco

That’s the question the Wall Street Journal is asking. The paper cites the closing of CBGB, the Disneyization of Times Square, the eviction of Shoot the Freak in Coney Island, and the shuttering of OTB as just a few examples of the city losing its edge and possibly its character along with it. A source from the 90s said the same thing about the disappearance of weed spots in the East Village, lack of cool clubs in the LES, and sharp reduction of gang shootings in Harlem. (Photo: John Penley/NYU’s Tamiment Library/flickr)