This will likely be heavily ETAd as I figure out what happened.
I particularly like this:
“I wish Extra Place was what it was 10 years ago, but that’s never happening,” Mr. Hollander said.
when contemplated against this:
"But fear not, Bowery nostalgists, "the doorway that serves as a small shelter... where, depending on the day, you can find used condoms and needles, is still in use as a toilet." Phew!"
Ah, perspective. I still cannot tell if the alley was ever demapped or not.