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It is a widely acknowledged truth that living in New York is expensive. But even though you'd have to be living under a rock in some desolate stretch of the Badlands in order not to have heard about New York's priciness before (if you live under a rock in New York, you're probably paying $2,000/month for that privilege, so, like, you know about it already), the cost of living in this city is still...
New York City is turning into a giant shopping mall; it's not just your imagination. More chain stores have been opening in New York City than any time in recent memory, and there was a huge surge in the number of chain store locations in the five boroughs between 2013 and 2014. According to an annual report from Center for an Urban Future, the increase was 2.8 percent across the board and 3.4 percent in Brooklyn....
Much as we're reluctant to slap a label on a thing that's happened a few times and called it a trend, those new Dunkin' Donuts locations in Williamsburg? That Coney Island Applebee's? All part of a trend. Via Brokelyn, there's a new report called State of Chains indicating that not only did 41 new chains open up across the borough last year, but this number constituted the highest percentage increase city wide. Brooklyn is still...
New Yorkers have long lamented the encroaching "mallification" and "dormification" and, yes, "surbabanization" of their city streets. Despite New York being one of the most recognizable urban environments in the world, the past couple of decades of rapid gentrification and the encroachment of chain drugstores and coffee spots and banks (oh, the banks! even our bikes are banks or something) have contributed to a sneaking feeling that maybe, just maybe, New York City is...