Monday, April 23, 2018

How 'Bout You?

There are no pictures in this post — just a story. And a video!

I was walking across East 7th Street this past Friday evening, on my way home from work, when I heard an East Villager near me say:
If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
Could it be, I thought to myself? Is he singing "Free Bird", the most requested song in the history of song requests?

I listened closer.
For I must be traveling on, now
Cause there's too many places I've got to see.
He was! He was singing "Free Bird"!

East Villagers are free birds, themselves. Recently, the alpha hawk of Tompkins Square Park has been three-timing it with a couple of younger hawks. You could say he's a free bird too!

So this is for all the East Village free birds:


#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #hawks #birds #freebird #7thstreet

Friday, April 20, 2018

First Crusties of Spring — 2018

It's that time of the year again — it's time for the return of the crusties!

I saw these crusties on St. Mark's Place last night, outside the formerly-beloved JAS Mart:

Crusties last night.

Here is a close-up:


It looks like they changed their uniform color!

Not to be outdone, here is the first robin of Spring, on East 6th Street this morning:

First robin.

Here is a close-up:


His uniform color hasn't changed.

#eastvillage #6thstreet #crusties #jasmart #robins #stmarksplace

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tree Pruning Program

East Villagers love our Mayor, the Honorable William DeBlasio — he provided us with those groovy solar-powered trash cans, and even appointed a Mayor of nighttime fun!

He's even in charge of pruning trees!

Behold, on East 5th Street at Avenue C:

Tree Pruning Program sign.

OK, the sign is a hot mess, but it's the pruning that counts!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #avenuec #signs #treepruningprogram #williamdeblasio

Mirror Image

Sometimes to see the East Village, you have to look outside the East Village.

What do I mean, you ask?

Behold, across The Bowery from the St. Mark's Place gateway:

Mirror image.

Here is a close-up:


It just goes to show you: the world itself is a mirror of the East Village.

#eastvillage #reflectybuildings #stmarksplace #thebowery #mirrors

Monday, April 16, 2018

Almost A Great Loss

I was walking across East 7th Street this past Friday morning, when I saw this pickle mess on the sidewalk:

Pickle mess.

Not just a pickle mess, but a broken jar mess as well!

What kind of pickles were they, you ask?

Bread and butter pickles.

Break and butter pickles. Not the worst, but not my favorite, either.

If they had been dill pickles — that would have been a tragedy!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #breadandbutterpickles #brokenglass

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Life Imitates Plastic

Remember the orange ball that looked like an orange?

Here, on Second Avenue, is the real thing:

The real thing.

The East Village — where life imitates… plastic.

#eastvillage #secondavenue #oranges #plastic

Widened Tree Bed

Speaking of widened tree beds, here is another, also on East 6th Street:

Another widened tree bed.

It looks like the City went around widening tree beds in the East Village, and while some East 6th Streeters couldn't be bothered with altering or replacing their tree guard, others could.

In their own way.

#eastvillage #6thstreet #treebeds #treeguards

The Evolving Tree Bed

Back in March, I was walking across East 6th Street, when I saw this groovy tree bed:

Groovy tree bed.

What makes it so groovy, you ask?

It's the chain holding the birdbath in place:

Holding the birdbath.

Three days ago, I passed it again and noticed the bricks surrounding it. I wasn't sure if they were there last month, so I took another picture:

Another picture.

It turns out they were, but…

…and this is truly amazing: I took this picture exactly a year ago, to the day, of the same tree bed:

Same tree bed.

It's still surrounded by bricks, but it is different — it's narrower!

And less cluttered.

#eastvillage #treebeds #6thstreet #bricks #birdbaths #chains #clutter

Upside-Down Tree Sign

As you know, East Villagers love trees.

So if a tree is in need of fixing, they will fix it.



Wait a minute! What's that?

Upside-down sign.

It's an upside-down sign, taped to the tree!

Let's see what it says:

What does it say?

Oh my God, that gives me vertigo!

Let me fix that.


There, that's better!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #scotchtape #signs #trees #vertigo

Artist's Booted Car

When you think of East Village artists, you usually think of artists living in hovels, creating great works of art on an empty stomach.

You don't usually think about their car being booted by the City. And yet, that too is a part of the artist's life.

Behold, as seen on Avenue B this past Thursday:

Artist's booted car.

Here is a close-up of the notice:

Close-up of notice.

It's no longer a question of money for paint vs. drugs, today it's a question of money for paint vs. drugs vs. boot penalties!

#eastvillage #boots #avenueb #cars #artists