Main Street NYC

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

In their Main Streets Project, the WNYC Newsroom is following six blocks over an entire year to track how the economic downturn is being felt at street level. Main Streets editor Karen Frillman is joined by reporters Jenna Flanagan, Lisa Chow, Richard Yeh, Brigid Bergin, and Ailsa Chang to discuss the project.

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Take a Walk Down the Main Streets in Google Street View! Bowery, Manhattan | 161st St, Bronx | Victory Blvd, Staten Island | Smith St, Brooklyn | Main St, Flushing, Queens | Grove St, Jersey City


Brigid Bergin, Ailsa Chang, Lisa Chow, Jenna Flanagan, Karen Frillmann and Richard Yeh

Comments [10]

bernard joseph from brooklyn

i love the brian lehrer show! i only comment 'cause i care! we expect the best from the best and brian is certainly among the best.

Dec. 01 2009 11:42 AM
Jeff from Brooklyn

I know everyone is far too staid/emotionally stunted to openly express emotion, but how about some polite applause for Brian at least!!


Dec. 01 2009 11:40 AM
kenneth from tenement town

The west side of the Bowery between Houston + Prince

has a big hole in the ground from an abandoned

construction site.

Dec. 01 2009 11:32 AM
Janny from jersey city

I am conflicted about gentrification in Jersey City...i live in the less 'hot' neighborhood of the Heights, and see many empty storefronts on my main drag Central Avenue. Those businesses and restaurants are geared to our mid-to lower middle class, ethnic population, the REAL jersey city. The downtown population new to Grove St live in their little insular luxury buildings and barely venture beyond Grove. I'd like more economic development in our neighborhood.
ps Love the shout out to Madame Claude, owned by my 2 friends Alice and Mattias!

Dec. 01 2009 11:32 AM
Rich from Staten Island

There was a documentary about The Bowery at the Tribeca Film Festival called: Bowery Dish

Here is a short review:

Dec. 01 2009 11:32 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

c'mon brian, this is such a tired argument-this in NYC and neighborhoods change. the good old poor bowery? was it really good? no, it was a terrible place to be back in the old days....who's next, rosie perez talking about how great ft.greene was in the 80's ?

Dec. 01 2009 11:31 AM
RLewis from bowery

Green Depot has no respect for it's neighbors - keep your signs off to the side and stop blocking foot traffic. They give us no choice but to hope it flops!

Dec. 01 2009 11:31 AM
Rich from Staten Island

Suggestion: Can Brian interview the Borough Presidents of each borough regarding this issue and how they can help with the local economy? Maybe they can hold a Job Fair in each borough to assist people.

Dec. 01 2009 11:25 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

really, who cares about the economic status of the stores on smith st. in boerum hill. the new populace of this neighborhood are all going to be ok- just less fresh direct orders and one less trip to the hamptons in the summers.
and sales in every business on every street in nyc is down.

Dec. 01 2009 11:22 AM
Amy from Brooklyn, NY

When we had a shop on 7th Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Black Friday was one of our slowest days of the year.

I think Black Friday applies more to big-box retailers and malls than "Main Street."

Valentine's and Mother's Day were our big days, as well as the days right before Christmas.

Dec. 01 2009 11:15 AM

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