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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Street Graffiti

East Villagers are accustomed to seeing graffiti spray painted on walls and doors and even sidewalks, but it's not too often that we see it spray painted on the street!

A few short days ago, I saw this beauteous construction at the corner of Avenue B and East 4th Street:

Beauteous construction.

It sure is cryptic!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #avenueb #catv #ecs #graffiti #manholecover

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Untimely Sign

I passed by the formerly-beloved East Village Bikes about three days ago, after having passed by it four days ago, and saw this sign taped up onto the door, beneath the riot gates:

Taped-up sign.

I have the feeling that this is an old sign — nobody poses with The Shadow any more!

But why post it now?

#eastvillage #signs #avenuec #eastvillagebikes

Friday, August 4, 2017

Two Tables

I was walking up First Avenue last week, when I saw these two abandoned tables, in front of either some formerly- or currently-beloved establishment:

Two abandoned tables.

The black one might be a bench!

#eastvillage #abandonedfurniture #benches #firstavenue #tables

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lawn Fireman

It's not a gnome!

It's not a jockey!

At the East 14th Street fire department, it's a lawn fireman!

Lawn fireman.

I use the term "lawn" loosely!

#eastvillage #14thstreet #firedepartment #lawnfireman

Interesting Gate

Among the many things the East Village is known for, interesting gates isn't one of them (except to the degree that rickety old gates are interesting)!

After seeing this gate however, on East 9th Street, maybe it should be:

Interesting gate.

Here is a close-up:


Kind of a strange construction. I would have capped that top block — who knows how much litter is inside that thing?!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #gates #cementblocks

The Long Branch

Take a look at the bottom branch of this tree inside Tompkins Square Park:

Too long.

The bottom branch stretches far out to the side in order that a few clumps of leaves at the end of it can get sunlight — it's almost as long as the tree is tall!

The Parks Department should cut that branch. It's grossly inefficient!

#eastvillage #trees #tompkinssquarepark

Pumpkin In The Park

I was walking through Tompkins Square Park last week, when I saw this pumpkin plant growing behind the fence surrounding the center, grassy area:

Pumpkin plant.

You know what that means — Halloween is right around the corner!

#eastvillage #pumpkins #tompkinssquarepark #halloween

New Door

I was walking down Second Avenue last week, when I saw that the beloved 16 Handles had a new door!

It's not very spiffy:

Not very spiffy.

The lock is the sort you might see on an old shed:

Old shed lock.

Only two screws — and they're not even alike!

#eastvillage #secondavenue #16handles #doors #plywood, #locks

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

WFMU Bicycle Basket Returns

It was touch-and-go for a while there, when the bicycle hosting the WFMU bicycle basket was trapped inside the beloved East Village Bikes — I thought we may never see it again!

And yet, there it was, in the very spot I first saw it, back in November of 2014, beside the Citibike station on East 6th Street at Avenue B:

The very spot.

It's like it never moved!

#eastvillage #6thstreet #bicyclebaskets #bicycles #citibike #wfmu

Urban Vets Animal Hospital

As everyone knows, East Village Today is not a personal blog — it's not as if I write about what I ate for breakfast!

Nevertheless, it is run by people, and these people live in the East Village, and sometimes that means not just telling you that some beloved business is cool, but explaining in what way they're cool.

This past Thursday, the official cat of East Village Today, had to be put to sleep.

His name was Homer:


This is not a story about Homer, though, but about the beloved Urban Vets Animal Hospital, on Avenue C and East 10th Street:

Urban Vets Animal Hospital.

When we took Homer in last Thursday, the vet told us he needed to hold him for tests, approximately three days.

It didn't take him long to realize what the problem was, though, and that our options were: emergency surgery; or euthanasia.

If you have a maine coon cat, you already know that they like to chew on frayed threads — these can block their stomach and intestines. The string Homer had ingested was all through his intestines, so even surgery was not a guarantee that he would survive.

The fact that they didn't just hold him, after their first test told them what they needed to know, and collect the nearly $2,000 they said it would cost, speaks to their integrity.

That's what this story is about.

#eastvillage #avenuec #homer #urbanvetsanimalhospital

Activity At East Village Bikes

I guess the riot gates being raised at the formerly beloved East Village Bikes on Avenue C was not just a fluke — they were up again this past Sunday!

It's still hard to tell what's going on, except that they're selling paintings and used air conditioners:

Painting and used air conditioner.

…and Elmo is guarding the cellar doors:

Guarding the cellar doors.

This time, the door was open:

Open door.

Here is a close-up of the inside:

Close-up of inside.

It's a mystery!

#eastvillage #avenuec #eastvillagebikes #riotgates #cellardoors #elmo

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Paintings For Sale

I was walking across East 7th Street this past week, when I saw these paintings outside the Avenue A and East 7th Street entrance to Tompkins Square Park:


I could have sworn that I had earlier pictures of these same paintings, from years ago; I wanted to compare these to those, because I think they're either the same paintings, or reproductions — that maybe they're not paintings at all!

After I took the picture, the vendor, sitting at a drum making noise with it, said if I take pictures I should make a contribution of $1.00. I respectfully declined.

These smaller paintings (or reproductions) lined the fence on the East 7th Street side of the park:

East 7th Street side.

In the rightmost painting (or reproduction), am I imagining things?!

#eastvillage #avenuea #7thstreet #paintings #tompkinssquarepark #billcosby #donaldtrump #barackobama

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cute Cute Cute

East Villagers all agree: East 9th Street is one cute block!

I was walking across just last night, when I saw this, outside the beloved Cloak & Dagger:

You deserve cute shit.


Cute shit.

A few steps away is the beloved Hummingbird, with cute… stuff!

Cute stuff.



You just can't beat smiley merchandise!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #cloakdagger #cute #hummingbird

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Einstein On A Bike

Not much has happened at the formerly-beloved East Village Bikes since they closed last month.

Until now!

I was walking down Avenue C last night, when I saw that the riot gates were up, revealing a couple of Einstein banners covering the windows:

Covering the windows.

It's fitting that he's riding a bike! You know, with this place having been a bike store, and all.

Here is a close-up:


And another:


I just thought of something: What if there's a riot? Those Einstein banners aren't going to be any help!

#eastvillage #avenuec #einstein #riotgates #banners