willyk wrote:With all of the contiguous retail and the theatre, VP has the potential to achieve a lively, West Village type of vibe. I am feeling optimistic.
Absolutely. I honestly think it has potential to be better than West Village. It has a more mainstream cinema (that looks like it'll be bigger), you have the upcoming Tom Thumb not too far, with all the residential/hotel already being established. It's basically like the reverse situation of West Village, because West Village started small, and is only now adding a hotel and more residential.
dzh wrote:I could end up being very wrong, but I'm thinking with all these nightlife establishments opening up that it's very possible that Victory Park becomes a new nighttime hotspot (especially with a lot of the bars being pushed off of McKinney Avenue). However, I guess we won't really know until the first round of new retail opens up here...
There is definitely some potential for night life in the area, so you might be right. It seems there are a few establishments coming from teams with a solid background and you already have the extremely popular Happiest Hour there too. I think the problem here is that there are already a number of high-end residential units in the area and I feel there will be a lot of pushback if the party gets too crazy. A lot of the retail here is directly connected to these buildings, which gives building overs more control. In Uptown you had a few single family homes which were easy to convert into bars, but you don't have anything like that in VP.