I leave shortly for a train to NYC, where I'll be delivering a lecture today on liberal education. Among other things, I was looking forward to what had become one of my favorite little customs when I travel to NY - a trip to Arnold Hatters, a great hat store close to Penn Station.
On a whim, I checked online to see if they have an online presence, just to have an idea of what I might look at when I'm there. Alas - I just learned that they have closed down, a victim of a bad economy, a forced move (by the New York Times), and too many hatless men. Doubtless their space will be occupied by a Kinko's or a Domino's. If we're lucky, another Ray's Pizza. Another small piece of old New York is gone.