Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Late Afternoon Sidewalk Garlic

I cannot think of a single possible explanation for how half a head of garlic ended up on the sidewalk this past Friday, on East 4th Street:

Sidewalk garlic.

It casts a long shadow, on this late afternoon in Summer.

#eastvillage #garlic #sidewalks #4thstreet

Monday, July 24, 2017


You might think all East Villagers are in tune with the 21st century, but it's not true!

A couple of weeks ago, I saw these unopened (I was going to write "new", but…) Maxell video tapes for the taking:

For the taking.

Somewhere, some East Villager upgraded to a DVD player, and had no more use for these tapes.

And somewhere else, another East Villager found just the motivation he needed to finally buy that VCR!

#eastvillage #videotapes #maxell

Big Ol' Wood Pile

I was walking across East 4th Street, oh, about eleven days ago, when I saw this big ol' wood pile stacked outside El Jardin del Paraiso community garden:

Stacked outside.

My first thought was to jump on top of it, to see if I could kick up a rabbit, but then I remembered I didn't have a shotgun!

#eastvillage #eljardindelparaiso #4thstreet #pileofwood #communitygardens

Future Bike-Repair Site

I was walking across East 4th street this morning, when I saw these inner tubes, gears, and stuff, beside the rat breeding area:

Inner tubes, gears, and stuff.

This can only mean one thing: A new, beloved bike repair shop is opening beside these trash bins!

After the demise of the beloved East Village Bikes, the East Village needs a new bike repair shop.

Looks like they'll be serving coffee too!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #coffee #gears #innertubes

WWP Signs

The East Village is a hotbed of political activity — everyone knows that!

So when I saw not just one, but three, signs promoting the Workers World Party, well, what else could I do but write about it?

Here is the first sign I saw, two weeks ago on East 2nd Street:

We don't have to live like this.

You can see where some clever East Villager crossed out the end of the word "don't" so it would say: We do have to live like this.(!)

I thought this sign was a fluke, until I saw these, on Avenue C, a week ago:

End ICE raids.

Read socialist newspapers.

I wonder if the presence of these signs means the Workers World Party will be on the ballot in New York State in 2020?!

#eastvillage #2ndstreet #avenuec #signs #workersworldparty

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Guitar Tops, AirBnb, & Fence-Scaling

I was walking down Second Avenue last Sunday, when I saw this abandoned guitar top in the vacant lot on the right, at East 7th Street:

Abandoned guitar top.

I almost didn't take a picture of it. I thought: What am I going to say about this thing?

Then!… after I left the East Village walking tour yesterday, I was walking back across St. Mark's Place, when I saw this recent addition to the East Village AirBnB listings, outside the formerly-beloved Village Gifts:

"Airy, St. Mark's Place location."

There it was, hanging on the back wall:

The same guitar top.

It's the same guitar top!

This can only mean on thing: Crusties have been scaling the fence surrounding the vacant lots on Second Avenue!

Who knew they had it in them?

#eastvillage #airbnb #guitars #stmarksplace #villagegifts

A Blog Worth Imitating

Nothing makes me happier than to see the positive affect this blog has on people in the East Village! Whether it's painting something, or fixing up a building, or this, that I saw yesterday on Avenue A and East 6th Street:

'Free Punk Soirée' sign.

For so many years, these punk rock show signs have mimic'd the DIY look of the pre-computer age, but no more.

They're even exploring new ways of promoting the shows: It's not a "Punk Rock Show" but a "Punk Rock Soirée! And instead of skeleton heads or 1970s sociopathic movie characters, it's pictures of people having fun!

Another poster shows they've even developed a sense of humor:

Poster with sense of humor.

East Village Today salutes The Shadow!

Unfortunately, some people are still locked into the past, and cannot accept that others have moved on:

Vandalized sign.

The sad, unspoken truth is: there are still haters in the East Village.

Fortunately, it's not too many, and their days are numbered!

#eastvillage #6thstreet #avenuea #haters #signs #theshadow

East Village Walking Tour

If you want to know how cool the East Village is, apart from reading this blog there's no better way than by joining an organized walking tour!

When I saw this on Twitter yesterday morning, I knew what I had to do:

I know Astor Place is outside the East Village-proper, but hey, maybe they're like anthropologists — they might see coolness in things we take for granted!

I arrived at the designated meeting place, St. Mark's Church, at the designated time: 11:30. This was the crowd:

The crowd.

The tour guide was feisty, what we East Villagers call "a real character"!

There were two things she said she wanted us to know: New York was a Dutch colony, not English; and, the ice age brought a lot of stone to what is now Manhattan. She left out the East Village being built on a swamp, but… it's not a geography tour!

From St. Mark's Church, we made our way down Second Avenue, turned right onto St. Mark's Place, and across Third Avenue to Astor Place. I couldn't hear most of what she said — I was in the back of the crowd. Also, I was futzing with my phone a lot of the time!

I left the group as they made their way out of Astor Place, toward Greenwich Village. I have no desire to write about Greenwich Village — I'm not an anthropologist, after all!

#eastvillage #astorplace #secondavenue #stmarksplace #swamp #thirdavenue #tweets #twitter #walkingtours

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Doomed Trees

I don't think I'm going out on a limb (heh heh heh) to say that this group of trees somewhat-recently-planted in Tompkins Square Park is doomed.

Doomed, I say.



For one thing, they're too close together — they will battle each other for necessary light and soil nutrients.

For another, they're too close to an existing tree that looms over them (looms, I say!), robbing them of necessary light and soil nutrients.


It's a gloomy prognosis, I know.


#eastvillage #trees #tompkinssquarepark #doomed

Do You Remember?

Have you seen that post on Facebook, where it shows a picture of an old-fashioned roasting pan that your parents would have used, and it says "Share if you recognize this!"

Someone on East 9th Street will no longer be able to share that post!


Abandoned, old-fashioned roasting pan.

Do you see it? Here is a close-up:

Close-up, with some plastic plates.

I need a roasting pan, and I thought about taking it, but my days of taking home other people's discarded cookware are long past!

#eastvillage #abandonedroastingpan #9thstreet