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Blue & Cream's photo exhibit paying tribute to departed dive Mars Bar doesn't seem to be going over too well on local blogs. The exhibit's press release reads, in part, "It's time to pay our respects with a really great party. Just as any Bowery native would want it!" Responds Gothamist:
Having grown up on the Bowery around the corner we heartily disagree with their opinion of what we'd want—but what do we know, we can't afford to live where we grew up anymore anyway!
And Bowery Boogie doesn't mince words:
Our toilet is still overflowing with vomit after reading that Blue & Cream on the Bowery is curating some tribute to neighborhood favorite Mars Bar. Billed as a gallery show for the dearly departed dive, it's a travesty in no uncertain terms. Spitting on the grave. After all, this particular upscale establishment is part of the luxe wave that is killing the soul of the Lower East Side.Vanishing New York sounds equally unlikely to attend the opening party, but blogger Jeremiah is more concerned with the bigger picture. He links the Mars Bar celebration with the ongoing trend towards "authentrification"—when upscale new businesses celebrate the less glamorous mom-and-pops they pushed out, as a way to give themselves instant local credibility. In Blue & Cream's case, though, it doesn't seem to be working.
· Mars Bar & Pricey Clothes Go Together Like Blue&Cream [Gothamist]
· Blue & Cream on Mars [Vanishing New York]
· Upscale Blue & Cream Honors Downscale Mars Bar [Bowery Boogie]