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Wednesday, July 30, 2021

So much for email dying a slow death: An AOL survey finds that a big chunk of America is glued to their inboxes, checking for new email frequently and with little regard for location/situation.

New Yorkers are at the forefront:

More than half of the New York respondents are self-confessed addicts, compared with 46% nationwide. And many have contemplated “e-mail bankruptcy” - deleting all their messages and starting from scratch.

Houston was rated in the survey as the second-most-e-mail-obsessed city, followed by Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco. The online survey questioned 4,000 e-mail users, 13 and older.

Now I don’t feel so self-conscious about tapping my iTouch every 10 minutes, to see what’s rolled into that new Mail client…

What struck me: The article got input from pretty young-ish email addicts, mid-20s to 30. That contradicts the notion that kids have left email behind in favor of IM, texting and other means. Some of this has to do with push delivery of email to mobile devices, which makes the interaction more immediate.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/30/2008 01:56:04 PM
Category: Internet, New Yorkin', Society
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Just how bad is the economy? When as ubiquitous a dining-hole as Bennigan’s abruptly shuts its doors, snuffing itself out completely via Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it’s a pretty good barometer for how much things are in the toilet.

And “abrupt” means abrupt:

Bennigan’s, owned by privately held Metromedia Restaurant Group, collapsed in a particularly dramatic fashion Tuesday. Managers of restaurants across the country were awakened by midnight phone calls telling them to shutter their stores immediately, according to interviews with several restaurant managers.

Customers and employees were left peering in windows.

“Closed for business as of Tuesday, July 29,” said a paper taped to the door of Bennigan’s at 225 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago.

Caleb Kosek, 24, showed up for his first day of work at the store only to find it locked. “Wow,” he said as he peeked into the empty restaurant.

Apparently just the corporate-owned stores are biting it, meaning the franchisees — a distinct minority — will be sticking around. But I’m sure they’ll dwindle away as well soon enough, now that the mothership is gone.

Bennigan’s was very much part of the landscape during my Florida years. The one on St. Pete Beach was something of a desination for my college; I knew plenty of fellow students who worked there at one time or another, and it was a safety choice for a night out. I also patronized enough other locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Funny thing though, I’m not sure I can recall seeing one here in New York, either in the City or upstate. There’s got to be at least token outposts hereabouts, but they’re definitely thin on the ground. Even thinner now, obviously. Could be there are too many authentic (if in name only) Irish pubs here that a corporately-generated one couldn’t hack it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/30/2008 01:33:04 PM
Category: Business, Food
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