Not to be a snob, but.....
So I'm walking my daughter to school this morning and I notice an armada of Sleepys trucks parked on the west side of Church Street between Warren and Chambers streets.
A large man with a clipboard is directing a team of movers as they unload mattresses into the empty corner store festooned with a red, white and blue banner that barks: "Grand Opening!"
Ok, us Manhattanites need mattresses that will help us get "the rest of our lives" just as much as our suburban neighbors, but that, paired with the finishing touches being put on the 7 Eleven next door, gave me flashbacks to a strip mall on Staten Island's Hylan Boulevard that I once Iived near.
While Manhattanites have grown to accept the two K Marts, a Home Depot and a slew of GAPs, Payless shoes, Body Works and McDonalds outposts, the sight of a Sleepys and 7 Eleven -- with their bold signage glimmering in the sunlight -- adjacent to each other on a TriBeCa street was a bit jarring -- even for a girl from Staten Island.
-- Diane Goldie