A few thoughts were inspired by an article in today's New York Times about cultural conflicts in the East Village, a neighborhood which has been incredibly poor for a hundred years or more, and which is now, you guessed it, being gentrified.
The Times didn't talk about the food available there, but I will.
I like cheap eats as well as the next graduate student, and the East Village has completely bailed me out on a few occasions with wonderful food sources, like JASmart, Pomme Frite, B&H, and, yes, Momofuku. Momo' is not going anywhere anytime soon, but in a few years the cheapie student-and-immigrant faves will be gone from this neighborhood, and I honestly don't know where cheap food will next be available on Manhattan Island.
Here's the article.