The WSJ discovers (a mythical) Cos Cob

Vocational training, Cos Cob School

Reader 2112, who wisely prefers to remain otherwise-anonymous, sends along this link to a WSJ article on the joys of Cos Cob.

Residents of Cos Cob, which stretches along the Mianus River, enjoy the rustic qualities of their neighborhood, where wild turkeys, deer, fox and coyotes might roam [they might if they hadn’t been turned into cacciatore – Ed], particularly in the northern section, where the lot sizes are larger. But they also prize their tightknit community, with smaller yards and closer quarters than those in some other areas of Greenwich. Cos Cob also has its own library and post office as well as a quaint commercial strip on East Putnam Avenue, lined with a mixture of long-standing mom-and-pop stores and chain establishments.

“It’s a happy medium,” says Renee Gallagher, co-founder of Round Hill Partners, a Greenwich real-estate firm. “You can walk to things in Cos Cob—in Greenwich proper you only have a couple of places to walk.”

Hmm – fine dining provided by Chicken Joe’s Grease Pit and the enormous selection of snacks at CVS, a “quaint commercial strip” comprised of a liquor shoppe, a vacuum cleaner store and a defunct barber joint and, of course, sixteen banks. I’m also not aware that Renee has been in Cos Cob since 1968, when she dropped her son Graham off at a Midget League game on Bible Street, and she probably doesn’t know that residents there walk instead of drive because their donkeys all succumbed to hoof-and-mouth disease years ago. But whatever: this is a good article to remind us all that, when reading a reporter’s coverage of something you actually know about, take the time to reflect on how much they must be getting wrong about subjects you aren’t familiar with.

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12 responses to “The WSJ discovers (a mythical) Cos Cob

  1. Cos Cobber

    This is also a reminder to the denizens of your blog that you too also don’t always know what you are talking about. Good day sir! Slam.

  2. Cos Cobber

    Yes….I need to get spring fixed – too strong.

  3. Anonymous

    At some point you must remind everyone about the super exclusive, culturally rich, shopping haven in which you live. I guess only highly successfull ex-lawyers, super-busy realtors and full-time bloggers can afford an address like yours………..

    • What, Ole’s Creek, where the stench of old sewage still wafts up from the mud? Where I enjoy that ambrosia from the comfort of my stoop on my palatial dumpster-bound shack? THAT exclusive neighborhood? Why, I wouldn’t exchange it for the world.

  4. Balzac

    “a good article to remind us all that, when reading a reporter’s coverage of something you actually know about, take the time to reflect on how much they must be getting wrong about subjects you aren’t familiar with.”

    Truer words were never written. Being familiar with private equity, I often reflect on how little the reporters know about it, as they slash at Romney.

  5. Mr. Independent

    Chris, this time I miss where you are coming from. None of your comments relate to what was actually in the article. There was no claim for fine dining. Louie’s and My Favorite Place were the mentioned restaurants. Nothing was said about a quaint “downtown.” I came away feeling that it created a reasonably accurate description if Cos Cob.

  6. Mr. Independent

    One Cos Cober got up early to hike with the dogs in Mianus Park.

  7. Another Cos Cobber

    Cos Cob bashing on this site is so old….and not funny.I really fail to find the humor in this.Move on Chris….

  8. Winding Lane

    Chris, I like your take as always. Witty, wry, all in good fun and tongue firmly pressed in cheek, it was a good read. Cos Cob denizens are just bummed that their hood wasn’t utilized as the setting for the 2010 film Winter’s Bone. I’m sure that a similar film, Vinny’s Plow, would provide an equally poignant and depressing backdrop as Boone County, Arkansas.

    In all seriousness, Cos Cob is one of my favorite sections of town. You’d think with $3+ million homes they’d lose the inferiority complex and lighten up a touch.