NYC v NC

Transpontine has spotted a New York Times article with the headline "In London, New Cross and Deptford Attract the Hip."

We didn't find the piece as toecurling as Transpontine did, but it does open as follows:

The coming of New Cross and Deptford has been predicted for some time. It won’t be an easy ride. The area lies in an inglorious corner of southeast London; those with well-cushioned sensibilities need not make the journey. But with the unpolished location comes that most heady of urban ingredients: an edge. For now, these neighboring districts still feel more like eccentric outposts than uncut diamonds.

7 comments:

Richard said...

Damn, I'd spotted that too - Google very cleverly emails me any new web pages with my company's name and Royal Albert got a little mention.

Just like Brockley really - New Cross has for years been waiting for the big change, it's been a slow improvement in both areas.

patrick1971 said...

I agree with Transpontine; the Paradise Bar was hardly "one of the area's most notorious dives". Surely that honour must go to the Amersham in its former incarnation!

I also liked "Deptford High Street is a blissfully chain-free zone. Most notably, pie and mash (£2.30, about $3.25 at $1.41 to the pound) has been served by the same family in A. J. Goddard since 1890." Goddards, of course, being a famous chain of pie & mash shops!

Still, good to see our little part of the world getting written up like this.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, I liked the Paradise Bar too.

patrick1971 said...

The Paradise Bar itself also had a number of incarnations. I don't remember it myself but a friend of mine who was at Goldsmiths in the early 90s said it used to be called (or used to host a night...?) called the Lounge of Love which was megatrendy at that point in time.

Speaking of notorious dives in the area, that pub that's shown in the pic in the NYT article (The Little Crown, I think) needs a good clean-up. Nasty and unwelcoming.

Headhunter said...

Someone said that the Royal Albert may close altogether and that the Amersham Arms might be closing its "sweaty" back room. Is this true? Would be such a shame...

Richard said...

HH, I've heard no word suggesting Royal Albert is closing, but then there's no reason for me to be told. I can't think why they would close, I'm sure they're doing ok.

I never knew the Paradise Bar - I'd barely made it to Brockley Cross before a couple of years ago.

trixie said...

Patrick1971 - 1. Why do you think the Amersham was a dive? did you ever actually go in there?
2. The paradise bar in the '90s was ok (fun with the light up dancefloor) and one of the only venues in New Cross to open late but later on (2003ish) it was an actual dive where people got stabbed etc...
3. The little harp does look a bit grubby, but as it's right on the main road, what do you expect?! But; it apparently has Magners on tap (a good thing I think) and I've been informed they serve one of the best pints of guinness in the area.

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