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Why the Fake Lower East Side Beats the Real One

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Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, incendiary chronicler of the departed and the departing, signed up for MTV's Second Life-esque Virtual Lower East Side with the intention of skewering it on his blog. But then there was an unexpected twist: he liked what he saw. Here's why:

Maybe it's because the streets are almost empty, quiet like they were years ago. Maybe it's because there are no luxury towers and no one's on a cell phone. Or maybe it's because the "V" could stand for Vanishing. Whatever it is, the VLES has a strange appeal.Also, his avatar can enjoy a corned beef sandwich at Katz's without its virtual little heart exploding all over the table.
· Meet Me on the VLES [J'sVNY]
· Second Life LES Launched; No Room for Chrystie St. [Curbed]
· VLES [vles.com]