Quite often on this blog, I bemoan the disappearance of old NYC. How the gritty, unique soul of this city is being ripped out and sanitized. Case in point: this article about the closure of Mars Bar, the diviest of divey dive bars on the Lower East Side, a now-gone vestige of the time when that part of Manhattan could be called "funky." Like CBGBs before it -- where a condo and retail stores now sit -- doubtless Mars Bar will be eradicated and replaced with something equally boring.
In 21st century NYC, they took all the dive bars and they put them in a dive bar museum.