Help Me Understand
As I’ve mentioned before, I know a lot of people who dislike the hyper-development that is going on in NYC, SF, and other cities. Many of these people feel like they are being pushed out and the city that they feel in love with is disappearing.
Many of these friends are fans of a site called Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. Sometimes I get the feeling of http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2015/03/roselands-remains.html. Other times, I do not.
The first link is to the destruction of the historic Roseland Ballroom. Roseland opened as a public ballroom on 1919 and eventually became a venue for rock concerts.
The second and third links are for a small store selling work-out gear, pantyhose, and lingerie, and a porno store.
I get feeling nostalgic about the Roseland Ballroom that is a big deal. But a small store that sold leotards and another that sold porn? That goes in the “nothing is forever” category and most porn is probably consumed on the net these days.
There is something inherently reactionary to me about Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. It seems to be saying that everything should be trapped in amber and nothing should change. I never saw a concert at Roseland but I can see being upset by its lost. But there is something strange about sounding a hue and cry for every oldish business that closes down.
So why nostalgia for a porno store and/or a leotard store?