Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ropa Gratis Explosion

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

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:


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:


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

Monday, May 14, 2018

Doorway to Hell?

I was walking across East 6th Street a couple of weeks ago, when I saw what, at first glance, appeared to be an abandoned fire door:

Abandoned fire door.

What if this is a doorway to Hell, I wondered?

Then I remembered: The East Village is built on a swamp — it's more likely a doorway to… the swamp!

#eastvillage #doors #6thstreet #swamp #hell #fireexit

Mr. Bones

I was walking across East 7th Street the other week or so, when I saw these paintings lining the fence at the corner of Avenue A, outside Tompkins Square Park:

Lining the fence.

The one that caught my eye is the one fourth from the left. It says
"Mr. Bones. I whent bakc to Ohio".
East Villagers never forget their midwestern roots!

#eastvillage #paintings #avenuea #7thstreet #ohioans #mrbones

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Joke In-Waiting

I was walking across East 7th Street when I saw this joke waiting to happen:


Most East Villagers don't think people slipping on banana peels is funny, but some do — the mean ones!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #bananas