It’s no secret that the Upper West Side has been rocked by the Recession, at least in relative terms (we’re not Florida or Las Vegas). Dozens of stores have closed, and some entire blocks have the air of ghost towns.
One of those blocks, on Amsterdam Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets, is just coming back to life, with a new cafe called Pecan having just opened, and a photo studio and candy store on their way. At least half of the storefronts on the East side of the block are still empty.
But now, one neighborhood crusader, armed only with bumper stickers and a dark sense of humor, has taken the matter into his/her own hands. The bumper sticker bandit has been pasting stickers on the windows of abandoned storefronts like the old shut-down Shining Star Restaurant that say “This is a Neighborhood Eyesore”, “This is Neighborhood Rot” and “This is Neighborhood Decay” in bold black and red letters.
Who is this masked person? (And geez, don’t they know what this sort of thing does for property values. The nerve!)
Unmask yourself, oh you bandit of blight, by emailing us. If you’re nice, we might even give you a column.
Photos by Avi.