Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lego Starbucks

I was walking past the new, beloved Starbucks on Avenue A and St. Mark's Place about nine days ago, when I saw this Lego Starbucks sticker attached to a lamppost:

Lego Starbucks sticker.

I wonder if the same person did this who's been doing the Lego Man stickers?!

From Here To Curb Valve

I was walking across East 4th Street last week, when I saw this curb valve sign:

Curb valve sign.

Something didn't seem right about it, so I took a closer look:

A closer look.

I looked in the oposite direction for the curb valve:

Curb valve.

There's no way that's twelve feet — that sign in wrong!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #signs #curbvalves

9th Street Block Party 2017

It hardly seems like a year has passed since the last 9th Street Block Party, and yet, here we are again!

Let's get to it then, eh?

This woman was selling hats, and baked goods that might have been Starbucks remainders:

Suspicious baked goods.

Antiques are always popular at the 9th Street Block Party:


These things are called "CDs". This is how your parents listened to music! They put them into a "CD player" and… music played! It's more technical than that, but it's not important.

These are still in their original cellophane packaging, so they're collector's items!

Collector's items.

These things are even older — this is how your grandparents listened to music! They're called "records". They would put them onto a "phonograph", cranked a handle on the side, the record would spin, they'd put a needle onto it and… music played!

Again, it's more technical than that…


Why would anyone want to sell this t-shirt?!

T-shirt for sale.

Once again, the bird man was hawking his photos:

Hawking photos.

You know, if his name was Stephen, the caption would read: Stephen Hawking photos. That would be confusing!

Signs tell people which clothes are which:


I think I saw someone moving items from one side to the other!

You might not know it, but those glittery gold things are lamps.

All that glitters is not a lamp.

So many shoes!

"Which shoes do I choose?"

Gluten-free-free tote bag for sale:

Gluten love.

It's hard to tell where the flowers end and the people begin, at the beloved BeetleBug:

Flowery maiden.

As always, there was a band:

"If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?"

A good time was had by all!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #9thstreetblockparty #beetlebug #cds #enchantments #flowers #lamps #musicians #records #tshirts

Gelarto Mural Update

Do you remember the messed-up mural on the wall outside the beloved Gelarto, on Avenue A and East 9th Street?

Of course you do.

Efforts were finally taken to fix it!

Behold, ten days ago:

Fixing the mural.

When I passed by again this past Saturday, I saw that it was finished:


I guess it's an improvement — it's not worse than it was!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #artists #avenuea #gelarto #murals #painters

Sunday, September 17, 2017

No Parking Update

Things are going to get pretty noisy for the itinerant bookseller on St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue!

It looks like those garbage cans and 2x4s that stopped people from parking their cars beside his book tables were holding the place for a dumpster!

Dumpster delivery.

It probably won't be safe to leave his wares beside the dumpster — freegans will think it's being thrown away!

Speaking of thrown away, someone abandoned this television set just behind where I was standing when I took the picture above:

Abandoned television set.

What's on the telly?

Looks like graffiti!

#eastvillage #booksellers #dumpsters #secondavenue #stmarksplace #abandonedtelevisions #graffiti

Wobbly Table For One

I will never stop being amazed that people sit at outdoor tables on top of cellar doors!

Here is the most recent example I saw last Sunday, at the beloved Bakeri, on East 6th Street:

"Finally, I'm in East Village Today, and it's on top of cellar doors!"

Yeah, it's just a bad idea.

#eastvillage #6thstreet #bakeri #outdoorseating #cellardoors

Rotten Tomatoes

I was walking across East 6th Street this past Tuesday when I saw a box of FREE rotten tomatoes, outside the beloved Sixth Street Community Center:

Free rotten tomatoes.

As I took this picture, a young boy on his way to school said 'Look, rotten tomatoes". His father said "They're for people to take if they want." The boy said "Who wants rotten tomatoes?" The father said "They can cut the rotten part off".

The only use I could think of for them was throwing them at bad vaudeville performers, but vaudeville doesn't exist any more!

#eastvillage #6thstreet #rottentomatoes #sixthstreetcommunitycenter

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Bean

The East Village's favorite coffee chain is the beloved The Bean, so when they moved into the Third Avenue and Stuyvesant Street space vacated by the once-beloved St. Mark's Bookshop, a loud shriek of rejoicing went up!


The only thing better than a cup of coffee is a cup of coffee with a clever celebrity name, such as:

The Frozen Nona Lisa.

I think this is half Nona, half Mona Lisa — the Frozen part is because they add ice to it!


Babe Ruth hit the ball so hard, it made a sound like an explosion. Now it's coffee!

nutElla Fitzgerald.

Who doesn't like their coffee black, strong, and with a scoop of chocolate/hazelnut spread?!

Mother TeReeseA.

You got your chocolate/peanut butter cup in my tea! You got your tea on my chocolate/peanut butter cup! Three great tastes that go great together — and a nun!

And to top it all off, they're mosaics!

The Mosaic Trail continues…

#eastvillage #stuyvesantstreet #thebean #thirdavenue #mosaics #mosaictrail

Scarred For Life

As everyone knows, St. Mark's Place is the mecca for body mutilation in the East Village.

There, the focus is on the simple disfigurations like tattoos and piercings; the further East you go, the more self-destructive it becomes.

By the time you get to the beloved East Side Ink, on Avenue B near East 6th Street, things get downright scary!


Downright scary.

Yes, not only can you draw cartoons on your skin, you can literally become Scarface!

Laser? That's for disintegrating yourself when you sober up and discover what you did!

#eastvillage #avenueb #eastvillageink #laser #microblading #reflectywindows #tattoos

And The Answer Is…

Sometimes, you're confronted with a question, and the answer is so obvious, you almost scream it out!

Such was the case at this pull station I saw this past Sunday, on Avenue B and East 6th Street:

Obvious answer.

East Village Today, of course!

Thank you. Thank you. You're too kind.

#eastvillage #6thstreet #avenueb #pullstation #selfpromotion

Sit And Charge

There are two things you should always do when you have the chance: pee; and sit down — you never know the next time you'll be able to again!

In 21st-century East Village, "charge your cell phone" has been been added to that list!

Here, at the LinkNYC kiosk on Second Avenue and East 4th Street, you can accomplish two of these at a time:

Two at a time.

All this corner needs now is an outhouse!

#eastvillage #secondavenue #4thstreet #linknyc #abandonedchairs

If You See Something…

…take a picture of it!

I looked all around for the crusty who owns this bag I saw abandoned on East 6th Street last week, but he was nowhere to be found:

Nowhere to be found.

Who carries around dead flowers?

Dead flowers.

Maybe he was searching for the love of his life, to give them to, but got a dog instead!

#eastvillage #6thstreet #abandonedbags #deadflowers

Graffiti Stickers

Graffiti stickers are the new graffiti, that's for sure — everywhere you look in the East Village, you see them!

Here are a bunch of them, on the side of a mailbox on Avenue C:

Side of a mailbox.

I'm partial to lampshade-head guy!

Here is the mailbox in context:

In context.

If you have to a printer, especially one who does die-cutting, stickers are definitely the way to go!

#eastvillage #mailboxes #graffitistickers #lampshadeheadguy #twazzo #avenuec

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Step Right Up

I was walking down Avenue C this past Saturday, when I noticed that the once empty storefront at the corner of East 8th Street was now occupied by the beloved bar Loverboy:


No doubt, you will remember that this was the place where someone saw fit to replace one set of dilapidated steps with another set of dilapidated steps, even while the store was unoccupied!

The current occupants will have none of that.


No steps.

If you want to drink at Loverboy, you need to be able to mount the step in a single bound!

Either that, or use the wheelchair ramp, which… I don't see. I'm sure they would be pleased to provide assistance — if you need help, please ask!

#eastvillage #8thstreet #avenuec #loverboy #

Monday, September 11, 2017

Even More Music

Following more music on Saturday was even more music on Sunday!

Sunday's event was sponsored by The Shadow. This time, instead of building the stage at the time the show was supposed to begin, they started earlier!

I'm not sure how much earlier — the show was supposed to start at 1:00pm, and this is as far as they were at 12:41pm:


I walked around the East Village a bit, and got back to the park an hour later, in time to see the first act (I'm not joking).

Introducing: Rebel:


Following Rebel were musicians and singers, collectively known as The Carvels:

The Carvels.

Check that out: twin Telecasters! and…

Check that out: matching shirt and guitar!

The next band was called DIYing Breed, who were immediately besieged by a group of aging paparazzi!

Aging paparazzi.

This show was unique in its complete absence of crusties! Instead, their place was occupied by this gang of bicyclists:

Gang of bicyclists.

Before they left, they all got together for a group picture:

Group picture.

No one danced at this show:

There's gonna be, no dancing.

All in all, it was very unusual!

#eastvillage #bicyclists #diyingbreed #musicians #paparazzi #punkrockshow #rebel #thecarvels #theshadow #tompkinssquarepark

Targeting East Villagers

There's no doubt about it, East Villagers are a marketing demographic all their own — not only are pants advertised differently here, but so is hand soap!

Check this out, that I saw on St. Mark's Place yesterday afternoon:

Hand soap ads.

Here is a close-up:


How is this targeted to East Villagers, you ask? Who else would hang their hand soap beneath electric cables that run along water pipes affixed to walls with such large holes in them?!

#eastvillage #advertising #constructionfences #demographics #marketing #stmarksplace

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Solar System vs. Universe

I was rounding the corner at Avenue C and East 9th Street yesterday, when I saw these two signs on the fence outside the La Plaza Cultural community garden:

Two signs.

Garbagia Universe was some sort of event taking place inside the garden — I didn't go inside to see.

Our Solar System? I don't know if the two were connected, but I can tell you this: That's an old map of the solar system — it still shows Pluto as a planet!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #avenuec #communitygardens #garbagiauniverse #laplazacultural #pluto #signs #solarsystem

More Music

One day, you can walk through Tompkins Square Park and see a circus, the next day you walk through and a band is performing — it's crazy!

Even if you were deaf, you would know there was a rock show going on by the people standing around:

Standing around.

This band (called Thornes) was fronted by a woman, playing a Les Paul — you don't see that every day!

Not an every-day site.

I think this was the next band going on:

The next band.

If I were in a band, this is why I would insist on a stage:

You know what's weird? People who are old enough to know Pink Floyd, but not old, per se, think "The Wall" is a good album!

#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #musicians #pinkfloyd #thewall #thornes


I was walking across East 10th Street, when something inside Tompkins Square Park took me by surprise!

This had all the appearances of a mysterious TV show:

Oh no!

Fortunately, it turned out to be just a mannequin:

Just a mannequin.

Tragedy averted!

#eastvillage #10thstreet #mannequins #tompkinssquarepark