Saturday, September 03, 2005

"The last thing this corner needs is a [bank]."


Gotta love rough-and-ready site-specific development commentary. This message was at the back of a block fenced off to make way for a new Commerce Bank [Curbed, see #3] on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. What I want to know is: Was the orange shading over the word "bank" made by the first disgruntled graffiti artist, a subsequent one, or someone from the construction company? Also, if a bank is the "last thing," what is the first thing this corner needs? Affordable housing? An independent coffee shop?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The organge came later....but whats weird is that a Bank is EXACTLY what the corner needs - there isnt one for almost 10 blocks.

Anonymous said...

a Bank is EXACTLY what the corner needs - there isnt one for almost 10 blocks.

Not true. There a Chase at the corner of 7th Ave and Carroll St - 2 avenues and

Anonymous said...

(oops) ... 2 avenues and 2 blocks away.

Anonymous said...

Isnt 2 Avenues and 2 blocks virtually equal in distance to 10 blocks (both are close to 1/2 a mile) - Seems like a bank is needed

Anonymous said...

that corner does need a bank, but maybe not one that takes up quite so much space...

Anonymous said...

Are you serious? Not only does this corner not need a bank. It doesn't need a drive-through bank, which is what all that space is for.

Anonymous said...

How 'bout a second branch of Loki---that place has some real class. Or perhaps a reasonably priced bar with a good jukebox now that all drinks at Great Lakes (across 5th Avenue) have gone up by a $1. Note to Great Lakes owners: FUCK YOU! Your jukebox is getting shittier every year.

Anonymous said...

If I were tasked with removing part, but not all, of an anti-development graffito on my construction site, I would have removed the word "last" and not "bank." But I would have put another denim-for-skinny-people store on that corner, so what do I know?

Anonymous said...

At 3:17 PM, Anonymous said...
Isnt 2 Avenues and 2 blocks virtually equal in distance to 10 blocks (both are close to 1/2 a mile) - Seems like a bank is needed


It's 4/10 of a mile. What is that - a 10 minute leisurely stroll? C'mon, we all need more exercise.

Anonymous said...

What is that - a 10 minute leisurely stroll? C'mon, we all need more exercise.

What are you, high?? I don't know about you, but I have a job and friends and family I want to see. Having to walk nearly half a mile to make a run to the ATM is not my idea of a good use of time.

Anonymous said...

What are you, high?? I don't know about you, but I have a job and friends and family I want to see. Having to walk nearly half a mile to make a run to the ATM is not my idea of a good use of time.

Nope, not high at all!

I have a job, a family and friends, too. That's why I usually use bodega ATMs and eat the $1.25-2.00 fees. Then again, my husband and I go for 2-mile walks 4-6 times a week. Exercise, ATM visits and quality family time all in one!

Anonymous said...

Wait -- remind me again why banks are so evil? Because they're so corporate, dude? And -- heaven forbid -- one that would allow customers to conduct business conveniently and quickly from their cars instead of first searching for a parking spot for 15 minutes to a half hour (as is inevitably the case when I go to Astoria on 7th and President)?

What would be better? A precious boutique that charges $65 for a t-shirt? An overpriced toy store with surly to hostile staff? A pretentious hipster caffe? We have too many of those already.

I think the last thing that corner needs is another wireless storefront. But a bank doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Having to walk nearly half a mile to make a run to the ATM is not my idea of a good use of time.

Then move to the 'burbs, puss-puss.

Anonymous said...

Actually 20 min round trips to the Bank is why I WONT move to the burbs - also there is NO DRIVETHRU - Please get informed - Commerce has agreed to maintain the streetwall and build a city appropriate branch.

Anonymous said...

When I saw 14 comments on this post I thought there might be an interesting exchange of ideas going on - not two ningbats going back and forth with nonsense.

Anonymous said...

at least it's MY bank. so it's ok...