Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Problem Trees

Trees in the East Village are problematic things: on the one hand, they have leaves; on the other hand, they drop these flowery things that make it look like Winter, and cause people to sneeze their heads off!

Behold, as seen on East 10th Street, two weeks ago:

It's beginning to look a lot like… ah choo!

If you ask me, they should all be replaced by artificial trees — this way, they could be any color or style, and they wouldn't shed!

These trees, on the other side of the border separating the East Village from lower-Midtown South, are a good example of good trees:

Good trees.

#eastvillage #10thstreet #midtownsouth #thebowery #trees

Monday, August 14, 2017

Potentially Distressing

I was walking across East 13th Street a couple of weeks ago, when I saw something potentially distressing!

It wasn't this:

Locked-up garbage, not distressing.

Nor was it this:

Chained-up garbage, not distressing.

It was this:

Potentially distressing!

You might think it's the possibility of bed bugs in the mattresses, but no — it's the abandoned baby carrier!

There could have been a baby in there!

#eastvillage #13thstreet #babycarrier #chains #distressing #garbagestoragearea

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Chair Man

People sometimes ask me, they say: "Hey East Village Today, whatever became of the Maxell chair man?"

Maxell chair man.

Well, I am blessed in this, that I happen to know the answer!

He now plies his craft beside the beloved Nicoletta, on Second Avenue.


Chair man, 2017.

Why set up here instead of inside? I am not blessed in knowing this!

Maybe his girlfriend kicked him out?

Poor guy. If VH1 still existed, he would be on "Whatever Happened To…"!

#eastvillage #maxell #chairman #secondavenue #nicoletta

Elevated Table

Back in May, when I wrote about East 7th Street without cars, I was so moved by my ability to take wide-angle pictures of buildings that I failed to notice the table in front of the beloved Rose and Basil was no longer sitting on AstroTurf!

It wasn't even sitting on the cellar doors!


Elevated table.

It's still weird, sitting over cellar doors, but the table and chair probably don't wobble as much now — instead, it'll probably roll down the sidewalk to the curb!

Could I get this to go?

#eastvillage #7thstreet #cellardoors #outdoorseating #roseandbasil

Friday, August 11, 2017

Broken Windows

There's a theory called the "broken windows" theory, that goes something like this: If you don't repair your broken window, it will get worse and eventually fall out".

There might be some truth to this theory! I was walking across St. Mark's Place in late June, when I saw this broken window:

Broken window.

I thought about this theory when I saw this broken window, but I didn't pay it no never mind, until a month later, when I saw this on Stuyvesant Street, just in from Third Avenue:

Fallen out windows.

We must do something about this plight, before we're all beset with blight!

#eastvillage #brokenwindows #stmarksplace #stuyvesantstreet #blight

Pippi Onestocking

I was walking down East 7th Street, back in late July, when I saw this woman in front of the very groovy Earth School, who looked all the world like Pippi Onestocking:

Pippi Onestocking.

I wondered to myself: is she half dressed, or half undressed?

#eastvillage #avenueb #7thstreet #stockings #earthschool

New Sidewalks

Everywhere you look these days, you see new sidewalks being… laid?


Here is an example of a new sidewalk on East 9th Street, back on August 1st:

New sidewalk.

Here is another, in front of the formerly-beloved Ton-Up Cafe and formerly-beloved Belgian Room, on St. Mark's Place, yesterday evening:

Another new sidewalk.

Here is a close-up:


What's with all these new sidewalks — are we expecting company?!

#eastvillage #belgianroom #cement #orangecones #sidewalks #tonupcafe

Sidewalk Closed

East Villagers are familiar with sidewalk traffic being hampered by abandoned furniture, but it's not very common to see the sidewalk closed due to it!

That seemed to have been the case here on East 4th Street at Avenue D, oh, about eleven days ago:

Sidewalk closed.

It turns out that the sidewalk was closed because of construction!


A short two days later, here is the result:

The result.

Here is a close-up of the new wheelchair ramp:

Wheelchair ramp.

Don't want to get too fancy — it wouldn't be the East Village if it were too fancy!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #abandonedfurniture #avenued #closed #orangebarrels #sidewalks #wheelchairramps

Untimely Sign Update

I was walking across East 9th Street yesterday afternoon, when I thought about the relieving triangle that I wrote about so long ago.

It was right about that time that I found myself in front of the very same building!

The very same building.

That's when I saw this sign:

In Memorium [sic].

I've written a lot about the community garden El Jardin del Paraiso, mostly about the dumping ground on the East 4th Street side — I can't say that I know any of the people associated with it, though.

At least this sign makes sense now!

Unhappy Ending

If there's one thing East Villagers love, it's a bit of prostitution with their foot and back rubs.

So a great cry of sadness rose today as the beloved Best Chinese Foot & Back Rub, on East 4th Street, was closed by the New York Police Department for prostitution!

Best Chinese Foot & Back Rub.


Restraining Order.

…and again:


Prepare to see a lot more sad-faced East Villagers hobbling around with sore feet and backs in the coming days!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #bestchinesefootbackrub #closed #newyorkpolicedepartment  #nypd #prostitution #restrainingorder #signs