So, this pickle place, I read the article and they mention that a muni meter ( I think) out front killed business? How can a parking meter do that, or is there more to the story?
In NYC, if your car is parked by an expired meter (or, in this case, without a muni-meter ticket) for even a minute, there's a good chance you'll get a ticket -- and EXPENSIVE ticket. Seems like there's an officer on every corner whose only job is to ticket parked cars. So if you're lucky enough to even get a spot to park nearby, you can't just dash out of the car, buy some pickles, and go back. With a parking meter, you could plop a quarter into it. The muni-meter is just more of a process/hassle. I don't think you can chalk up the loss of business all to this, however.
Also, when people from NYC are referring to a location, they'll always identify the neighborhood: "it's in Tribeca, or Chinatown, or Lower East Side, etc..." When referring to NYC in general, most will say "the City" (which always strikes me as somewhat pompous - there ARE other cities out there).