Alec Baldwin, who is very, very upset with everyone, has written an article for New York Magazine in which he retires from public life and announces that he is leaving New York City, which just ain't what it used to be back when no one was mad at him. After he spends a number of paragraphs bashing everyone at MSNBC and, less explicably, complaining about how difficult Shia LaBeouf was during a play they almost did together, he gets to the ways that NYC has changed for the worse:
I've lived in New York since 1979. It was a place that they gave you your anonymity. And not just if you were famous. New Yorkers nodded at you. New Yorkers smiled at you at the Shakespeare & Co. bookshop. New Yorkers would make a terse comment to you. "Big fan," they'd say. "Loved you in Streetcar," they'd say. Definitely. New York City was way better back when people used to tell Alec Baldwin how much they loved him in Streetcar. So, he's moving, probably to Los Angeles:
Everything I hated about L.A. I'm beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that. But New York has changed. Manhattan is like Beverly Hills. Wait, isn't Beverly Hills in Los Angeles? So people ... do bother you there? Or they don't? Now we're confused. But there are other options:
And the soul of New York has moved to Brooklyn, where everything new and exciting seems to be. Uh oh. Anyway, the upshot of all this is that there might be bunch of apartments for sale pretty soon in Greenwich Village's Devonshire House, where Baldwin owns a small empire on the upper floors.
· Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life [NYM]
· Alec Baldwin coverage [Curbed]