When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

09 February 2008

The Hipness Tax

"The development of the neighborhood makes it impossible to succeed—it kills the goose that laid the golden egg."
Meatpacking District institution Florent faces a huge rent increase, and possible eviction; the overheated real estate market in the district it helped put on the map is driving it out of business.

The New York Observer: Will Meatpacking Pioneer Have To Pack It In?

(via Eater)

In this comment thread, I had a premonition of this in February 06: "Florent, one of my favorite places in the world, is still hanging on. I think Florent owns the building they're in; I fervently hope so, because otherwise rising rents will inevitably drive them out."

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