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Old 10-02-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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Sadly now so many places on Bway and Amsterdam are out of business now probably due to the increase in rent.
Columbus isn't that much better either. In fact things are tough all over Manhattan in that regard; there are empty store fronts from Tribeca to Harlem. Walked up Madison Avenue lately?
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:33 PM
 
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Columbus isn't that much better either. In fact things are tough all over Manhattan in that regard; there are empty store fronts from Tribeca to Harlem. Walked up Madison Avenue lately?
Ya I know its like that everywhere. I read the post about the village's empty store fronts and it didn't surprise me at all. UWS just hits home as I lived there for many years.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:45 PM
 
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Ya I know its like that everywhere. I read the post about the village's empty store fronts and it didn't surprise me at all. UWS just hits home as I lived there for many years.

It really brings down property values and the tone of an area all these empty stores. Worse it seems to act as a beacon for homeless and sketchy characters to set up house.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:46 PM
 
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Ya I know its like that everywhere. I read the post about the village's empty store fronts and it didn't surprise me at all. UWS just hits home as I lived there for many years.
After all previous industrial sections/warehouses are converted into residential buildings, these abandoned commercial RE will be next on the list. The eventual goal: Manhattan will become 80% residential to accommodate the rising demand of housing from all over.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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It really brings down property values and the tone of an area all these empty stores. Worse it seems to act as a beacon for homeless and sketchy characters to set up house.
Yup like said on an earlier post there are lots of shady characters now on the UWS always begging for money.
The sad thing is the rent prices aren't going down.

I also use to live in Hells Kitchen and while the area around Port Authority has always been a bit sketchy, the general area is now a lot more sketchy as well.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:03 PM
 
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Yup like said on an earlier post there are lots of shady characters now on the UWS always begging for money.
The sad thing is the rent prices aren't going down.

I also use to live in Hells Kitchen and while the area around Port Authority has always been a bit sketchy, the general area is now a lot more sketchy as well.

Are you saying that areas of Manhattan are getting worse in your experience?...
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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After all previous industrial sections/warehouses are converted into residential buildings, these abandoned commercial RE will be next on the list. The eventual goal: Manhattan will become 80% residential to accommodate the rising demand of housing from all over.
Well in many instances it is only the commercial ground spaces that are vacant. Residential above be it condo, co-op or rental is fine. At least that is what I see in Manhattan. The only truly "empty" buildings are places say in the Village or elsewhere below 34th Street that either are for sale at very inflated prices or someone is trying to put together several lots in order to build something large.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:19 PM
 
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Hello Folks,

Just got back to NYC, after a stint in London and I can say that New York seems so dirty of late.

I hang around off Broadway in the Upper West and I cannot recall the sidewalks being so filthy. UWS used to be as clean as UES for the most part, but now it has gone downhill.

I am Democrat in terms of my politics, but I don't recall parts of New York looking like this under Bloomberg

Maybe it is just me, but what on earth is going on..?
New York has periods when it's filthier than usual and cleaner than usual. Though I agree there's a slow but noticeable decline in sanitation standards, I think you probably caught the area on an unusually bad day.

Also the fact that you're making quite a jarring transition from sparkly London may not be helpful. Give your sensibilities a month or two to acclimate and the filth will become second nature.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:25 AM
 
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I guess NYC is reclaiming its 1970s ambiance, its gritty charms.

Growing up in NYC, I went to high school in the late 1970s, and college in the 1980s. I well recall that grimy, seedy, dangerous, concrete jungle of a city.

NYC is reverting to a concrete jungle? I should return for a visit. Walking those filthy Big Apple streets would make me feel young again!
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:33 AM
 
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I guess NYC is reclaiming its 1970s ambiance, its gritty charms.

Growing up in NYC, I went to high school in the late 1970s, and college in the 1980s. I well recall that grimy, seedy, dangerous, concrete jungle of a city.

NYC is reverting to a concrete jungle? I should return for a visit. Walking those filthy Big Apple streets would make me feel young again!

Pssst, pssst! Excuse me Miss......
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