We ate dinner in a Vietnamese place. These New York neighborhoods are just mind-boggling in the ease with which you can live within 5 square blocks and never have to go anywhere else.
One thing though. The world, including NYNY is going chain store crazy. Here you have your Starbucks, your Bed Bath and Beyond, Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, PetCo, and on and on and on and on. There are more chain stores than independent operations.
But I can’t get too het up over this because generally these stores are successful because they are pretty good and most importantly, here they occupy these glorious historic old buildings and they have been respectful of them. It could be worse. It could be a mall.