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Monday, April 10, 2006

The End of Ivy I-Bankers? God I Hope So.

This is funny but also accurate.

Anybody's who's worked in i-banking or management consulting knows that intelligence is if anything a disadvantage in the industry. Reasonably bright college grads with rudimentary English skills (since that's all i-bankers have) in any part of the developing world could do that work for 1/10 the cost, and then NYC would be rid of all those dickheads staggering drunk and arrogant through the Lower East Side and Meatpacking District every Friday and Saturday night.

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  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I don't think it's possible to get rid of them altogether. Just tax the hell out of them and forbid them ever to move to an outer borough. They can have lower Manhattan. Shit, they already have lower Manhattan. It's hard to believe that only seven or eight years ago the East Village was a pretty fun place to hang out. I even liked that bar, Hell, in the meatpacking district.

    I literally haven't been to Manhattan in about three weeks, I think.

  • At 1:43 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    I still like The Resistance in the EV/LES. Alt.coffee will always have those shabby sofas and loud punk music. Bankers will never get down with that. Bankers will never get down with Mars Bar.

    Anyhow, yeah, bankers have fully flourished in Manhattan in a way they were never able to in the 80s.

    As I wrote on my old blog a year or two ago, I decided to back Freddy Ferrer for Mayor when he started going on about the stock transfer tax, because Freddy was so incompetent he'd have driven Wall Street to Jersey and India, where it belongs.

  • At 2:54 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I know, but those places are disappearing one by one. Kiev is a really annoying bar now.

    Thank god for Mars Bar, anyway.

  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah, Kiev used to be so cool.

    On the other hand, cool new places have emerged and some old places have changed in good ways. Odessa has turned into kind of a pleasant dive bar, for example. Cities churn.

  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Btw, a couple years ago I asked a (drunk, natch) bartender at Mars Bar how they've been able to keep it real for so long, and she explained that the owner had signed a multi-decade lease with the landlord. So it will be a little outpost of the old days for a long time to come.

    I went there on a date a month or two ago, and my date was like "what's that smell? is that puke? I distinctly smell puke" and we had to go elsewhere. Fucking yuppies.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    It was probably puke.

  • At 8:13 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    It was definitely puke. Possibly in a drink. Lol.


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