Monday, August 25, 2014

Street Scenes: decline of golf, hits Manhattan

Came across a rather dismal tidbit on the internet yesterday. EV Grieve is a neighborhood blog that covers the goings on in (and let's face it, the cultural demise of) the East Village area of Manhattan, which is where I've lived for most of my time in New York. It is still my neighborhood though in a sense, because while I moved out three years ago, it was only to the next neighborhood over. I'm only a par 4 length away, and when it's time to eat out I usually end up back in the old 'hood.

Besides news the blog covers all sorts of ephemera, some of which involves semi-interesting garbage left out on the sidewalk. This one hit close to home, especially since I'm a stand bag user myself. (Apologies for the graphic filth in the photos.)

Street trends: Empty golf bags

We spotted these two empty (and unattended) golf bags yesterday morning outside the new Cooper Union building… they weren't for the taking though… 

Frankly I'm not sure what to make of this. It's a little disconcerting that all three of those bags seemed to be in decent condition, fairly modern, and name brand items. Especially the Ping. Everyone knows that the best stand bag in the business is a Ping stand bag. Even an Ogio is not half bad. I've used one myself.

Plus this all happened within a day or two. One doesn't just throw out a good Ping stand bag, unless something really bad has gone down. Or one has just stopped caring completely.


  1. bkuehn "Get your hands off my stuff"1952August 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    I wonder how long the "unattended" bags remained where they were set up? I worry about someone stealing the seat from my bike in Ann Arbor so I can't imagine leaving stuff on the street in NYC with the expectation of the honor system working.

    p.s. is that a ball retriever laying on the ground behind the bags?

    1. The average person in downtown NY is probably more ordinary and less criminal than you would expect. These days it is full of transplants, and the misfit people are being pushed out to the margins. For better or worse.

      I also wondered if that was a ball retriever. I thought about investigating. But after writing up this post, I have kind of shut down emotionally.


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