I lived in Greenwich Village for two years – 1999-2001. That’s where I was on September 11, in fact.
I left, moving to DC, just as things were starting to change rapidly. The website Vanishing New York has an excellent summary.
Are cupcakes to blame or is this just the nature of New York?
I’m glad to say a few of my old hangouts are still in business including Po and Bar Pitti. And further to the east, Swift.