Photo by myself at 77th Street and Broadway, on the Upper West Side.
New Yorkers took their evening saunter, Tuesday night, enjoying the long days of summer.
I wasn't taking a photo of the people, actually. If you look closely, all the stores behind these folks are empty.
Most likely, this block will be torn down to make way for yet another new apartment building. One block at a time has been converted into brand new modern apartment buildings recently. The West Side is becoming the East Side.
And why not? Two or three story buildings filled with shops can be converted into many stories of luxury condominiums. Or better yet, luxury condominiums with a full service staff, so you can feel like you're living in a five-star hotel.
Who could blame the developers, going about their business with making money? What we all lose, however, are the little quirky shops and mix of building styles. There is much more metal and glass on the Upper West Side than before.
The NY Times also reports that the neighborhood will soon lose H&H bagels, which has been located at 80th and Broadway for the last 40 years. Sure, their interiors were dated and it was 120 degrees inside. But as a literal piece of history, H&H will be missed.
For an earlier photo inside H&H, click here.
To read about the changing Upper West Side in the Times, click here.
To read about the closing of the H&H Bagels location, click here.
Related posts: Sitting Outside, on Broadway, Trumped, on the Upper West Side and Dusk, at 72nd Street Station.