Whenever I find myself back in the neighborhoods where I grew up, Chelsea and the West Village, I often feel like they’ve lost a lot of their character. I know this is not an original thought. In the Village, where I would hang every day after school since that’s where my friends all lived, the cobblestoned streets, artists’ studios and coffee shops are nearly extinct. In their place are banks, Duane Reades and big shiny glass-encased condos.
I know this kind of change is inevitable but in my most cynical moments, I fear there will never be another new small, independent business here. That’s why I’m always excited to see a cool shop like Bien Cuit’s new Christopher St. location. The fact that it’s a bakery makes it even better. (more…)