Thursday, May 24, 2018

Or Else

East Villagers, especially East 4th Street East Villagers, are accustomed to losing their lampposts.

A couple of weeks ago, this one disappeared from in front of the beloved Roberto Clemente School:

Disappeared.

East 4th Streeters say "Bring it back, or… ELSE!"

In no time (this past Tuesday), the Department of Lampposts sent a truck to replace it — or so it seemed:

Fixing the lamppost.

They even put an orange cone on top of the stump, so no one would sit there!

When I passed by again, the next day, this is what I found:

New cement.

All of that fanfare, just to put new cement around the stump. They didn't even put it back in the right position!

It may be dark all the way down East 4th Street, at night, but they have some darn fine sidewalks!

#eastvillage #lampposts #cement #sidewalks #orangecones #4thstreet #departmentoftransportation #graffiti #else 

Bag Of Asphalt

You just never know what you're going to see when you're walking around the East Village — you might even see… a bag of asphalt!

Not just a bag of asphalt, but a well-protected bag of asphalt, like this one, on East 4th Street:

Bag of asphalt.

Where I grew up, in the Midwest, Lover's Lane was not paved, but there was a lot of asphelt!

(It's better to speak that joke than to write it.)

#eastvillage #asphalt #4thstreet

Roving Toilet Paper

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking through Tompkins Square Park, when I saw this toilet paper hanging from a tree:

Hanging from a tree.

At first, I thought it was a left-over anarchist decoration. Now, I'm not so sure!

Earlier this week, I saw what looked like the very same toilet paper, this time on East 4th Street:

On East 4th Street.

A long time ago, I saw a movie about an African immigrant living in Paris. He told a story about how back home, they believed evil spirits would inhabit inanimate objects to disguise themselves when they moved among people — even something like a plastic bag blowing by could be a spirit!

Me, I don't believe in such nonsense, but many East Villagers do. If you're one of those, watch out for this roving toilet paper — it might be the Devil!

#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #toiletpaper #4thstreet #superstition #trees

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ropa Gratis Explosion

Residents of East 4th Street awoke this past Wednesday to discover that Ropa Gratis had exploded!

Behold:

Exploded.

Later that day, a big thunderstorm passed through the area, drenching everyone and everything in its path. I wonder if this was a barometric-pressure-induced explosion?

#eastvillage #ropagratis #4thstreet

Cleaning Up The Cheese

It looks like someone finally started cleaning out the garbage left behind when the formerly-beloved East Village Cheese closed, back whenever that was:

Cleaning up the mess.

I wonder if they had to wear hazmat suits to protect themselves from the rotting cheese?

#eastvillage #eastvillagecheese #7thstreet #inside

Proper Trees

Finally, someone understands how trees should be in the East Village!

Behold, properly arranged and displayed trees, on East 6th Street:

Properly arranged and displayed.

Here is a close-up:

Close-up.

Earlier, I had the idea that all the trees should be cut down and replaced with artificial trees. Another good idea would be if they were all replaced with the same type of trees, like these birch trees.

Can you imagine how cool that would look?!

#eastvillage #trees #birchtrees #6thstreet

Repairing Steps

The East Village is always getting better, from Department of Transportation workers fixing the streets, to painters painting, to step repairers repairing steps, like these, on East 5th Street:

Steps under repair.

How did only one side become so mangled?

#eastvillage #steps #stairs #orangecones #5thstreet

Pointless Tree Supports

When walking around the East Village, oftentimes you see tree supports — poles driven into the ground that help keep a tree upright.

These three supports, on East 7th Street, serve no purpose whatsoever:

Whatsoever.

Seriously, what is the point?

#eastvillage #trees #treesupports #7thstreet

Abandoned Salad

I was walking across East 7th Street recently, when I saw this unopened container of salad on the sidewalk:

Salad on the sidewalk.

Here is a close-up:

Close-up.

Who even orders a salad?

#eastvillage #7thstreet #salad #abandonedfood

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Anarchist Conclave

I neglected to mention, on the same day as the April 29 punk rock concert in Tompkins Square Park, a group of anarchists met on the opposite side of the grassy area from the stage. This is where the masked fellow came from, mentioned in the previous post.

I'm not sure they did anything other than eat and sit around. They had a lot of banners:

A lot of banners.

Here are some more banners:

More banners.

Of course, the banners could only be read from their side of the fence — from the outside, it looked like they were being exclusive!

#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #anarchists #banners