Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Conflicting Messages

I was walking across East 7th Street recently, when I saw this car-mat-bedecked wooden board over some wet cement:

Board over cement.

So what do we do, not step? Or watch our step?

Which is it?!

#eastvillage #wetcement #7thstreet #signs

Wacky Trash Can

Some trash cans in the East Village look worse on the outside than they do on the inside.

Case in point:

Ugly trash can.

The strange thing about this trash can is its position, in the middle of the block, next to nothing, and yet not so far from a regular trash can:

Regular trash can.

That's wacky!

#eastvillage #avenuea #trashcans

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome Ben & Jerry's

Back in the good old days, around 2015, the East Village had its own Pinkberry's. Then it closed.

Luckily, we now have our own Ben & Jerry's — and in the same location!

In the same location.

There can never be too many ice cream shops in the East Village!

#eastvillage #stmarksplace #benandjerrys #icecream

An Egg

I was walking past the beloved Avenue A farmers market, on Avenue A, when I saw this egg sitting on this mosaicy lamppost:

Egg on mosaicy lamppost.

You can see the empty egg cartons behind it, but no other eggs.

Later, I passed by the farmers market again, on my way home and… the egg was still there!

Still there.

The egg cartons were gone though. Strange.

#eastvillage #farmersmarket #avenuea #7thstreet #eggs #mosaics #lampposts

No Hunting Or Fishing

You might not think of the East Village as a popular hunting or fishing destination, but for those in the know, it is!

It's located within the confines of the formerly-beloved Cafe Orlin, on St. Mark's Place:

Within these confines.

What proof do I have, you ask?


Violators prosecuted.

No selling drugs, either.

Drug sales prohibited.

Thank you!

#eastvillage #nohuntingorfishing #notrespassing #signs #stmarksplace #cafeorlin

Pirate Love

East Villagers who think of pirates usually think of the Jolly Roger hanging in the window of the building overlooking the vacant lots on Second Avenue and East 7th Street.

However, pirate love is not exclusive to that location. Not long ago, as I passed by the beloved Grape And Grain, on East 6th Street…

On East 6th Street.

… I saw this chalkboard sign, announcing this event:

Pirate event.


#eastvillage #6thstreet #grapeandgrain #pirates #signs

Friday, February 16, 2018


How do the proprietors of the beloved Solid Gold, on East 5th Street, stop East Villagers from stealing the things they leave out over night?

Things left out over night.

They put a out a sign telling people not to.



Naturally, it helps to be polite.

The impact of this sign went beyond the table — it extended to the adjacent trash can, where someone put out their mushrooms for freegans to take:

Free mushrooms.

In fact, it extended next door, to where someone put out an onion for those same freegans:

Free onion.

The power of politeness!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #abandonedfood #mushrooms #onions #signs #solidgold

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Imminent Collapse

These cellar doors, on East 6th Street, are collapsing into the swamp the East Village is built on:

Into the swamp.

It's a good thing that orange barrel is tied to the riot gates with that caution tape, otherwise it might fall into the cellar when those doors finally give way!

#eastvillage #orangebarrels #cautiontape #6thstreet #cellardoors

Paper Plate Art

If you're wondering what the Joe Strummer mural has to do with Valentine's Day, you're not alone!

It may be that the future is unwritten, but this paper plate art project involved a lot of writing:

Paper plate art project.

Luckily, it rained, so most of the paper plates stuck to the sidewalk. Some of them blew away though — you can see some of them on the left, past the stairs.

Here are some close-ups of the paper plates that remained:

East Villager artists are such a romantic bunch!

#eastvillage #joestrummermural #paperplateart #artists #7thstreet #paperplates

Crime Scene

Last night, walking home from work, I decided to stop in at the beloved Cupcake Market on East 7th Street, and buy my loved ones a Donald Trump face cookie!

As I approached, however, I saw a police activity outside this mannequinny place:

Police activity.

The yellow tape read: Crime Scene.

Tonight I passed by there again, to discover that it was the beloved Neon by Cheng!

Still closed.

They're still closed — I hope no one was hurt!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #policeactivity #crimescene #police #mannequins #neonbychan