The opening of the new Union Market branch that is taking over the former Blockbuster Video space on Court Street should be just around the corner. Serious shelving has been moved inside the building and there are posters advertising the market in the window.
There's also a computer-generated screen, which flashes a different image and message every few seconds ("Fresh Vegetables," "Home Delivery," "Fresh Seafood"). My favorite image is one titled "Local Owners." It shows three guys, apparently the owners of Union Market, walking casually, yet purposefully, towards us, while seemingly engaged in serious conversation. They're perfectly lined up, like they're walking in a parade, or are posing for the poster for an action movie.
My question: if you're going to boast about being local New Yorkers, why would you set the picture in the middle of Grand Army Plaza, with the arch in the background? What native New Yorker every spends time on the traffic island in the middle of Grand Army Plaza?! That's No Man's Land! It's surrounded by swirling traffic all the time! Nobody spends time there. It's impossible to get to and, when you're finally there, it's impossible to get off.