In his review of hip new restaurant Peels this week, New York critic Adam Platt says the Bowery is "fast becoming lower Manhattan’s answer to the Champs-Élysées." But lower Manhattan's answer to the Left Bank, Extra Place, is not quite living up to expectations. The former semi-secret alley behind the Bowery was branded as such by developer AvalonBay, which hoped to turn Extra Place into a thriving pedestrian mall catering to the residents of the company's new Bowery luxury buildings. Almost four years later, EV Grieve checked out the scene, and, well, Sacre bleu!
· Extra Place has become a recycling center [EV Grieve]
· Extra Place coverage [Curbed]