Nearby in the News: Record Stores that Once Were, A Fave Diner to Become Cookie Emporium, Chess Scene Moves to Union Square, and Coach Pays Millions to Take Over the High Line

Rocks in your Head as it was, Soho

Sort of heartbreaking. This piece via Flaming Pablum, Where the Music Used to Live, details now-gone record stores such as Bleecker Bob’s of course, Record Factory on W. 8th, Tower Records on W. 4th, Rebel Rebel on Bleecker Street, and too many more.

Space that held beloved University Diner on University Place set to become international cookie emporium is the word on the street, as told to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York.

Is the uber-happening chess scene now over at Union Square Park and no longer at Washington Square? An analysis from The Villager says yes. (Tho’ one chess player forecasts it will return to WSP. Whew! Good to know!)

Coach pays millions to take over the High Line for socialite gala and receives many millions more in free advertising and publicity. This makes me reflect on the fact that when I originally heard there was a fight to ‘save’ the High Line, an old elevated railroad line, some years back, never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate it would become what the High Line now IS. (And also makes me wonder if we can be expecting this type scenario at WSP now that caviar and champagne parties are being held to raise money for the park after a contingent of Community Board 2 – so cavalierly? – signed off on a private entity to do so.)

Photo: Alex/Flaming Pablum

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