I was remembering how sad Hudson Street had become, with all the empty storefronts. I’ve probably said this a million times before, but knowing what goes into starting a business I can tell you that for the people who started them, it’s terribly personal and painful when they fail. Imagine that scene from A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge and Marley are moving into the offices of their former employer Fezziwig. Fezziwig watches them from a carriage, looking like he’s going to die of a broken heart.
This is how Hudson Street looked before, in February, 2010:
And this is the same corner now. This was taken on a chilly day, by the way. I don’t know what is up with all these people eating outside! The place across the street which was also empty has a restaurant now. I believe there isn’t a single empty storefront on Hudson Street anywhere anymore (in the Village).