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

Friday, May 11, 2018


Construction fences in the East Village are always changing — advertising one day, shmadvertising the next.

On this fence, on St. Mark's Place at Second Avenue, on this day, it was shmadvertising:


Here is a close-up:


It's interesting and all, but what is it selling?

#eastvillage #constructionfences #stmarksplace #secondavenue #posters

No More Dumping

Speaking of signs outside the El Jardin del Paraiso community garden, since they took down the No Dumping sign, there's been no dumping!


Nothing dumped.

East Villagers are so oppositional!

#eastvillage #eljardindelparaiso #4thstreet #signs #oppositionaldefiantdisorder #communitygardens

New Signs

There are a couple of new signs on the fence of the El Jardin Del Paraiso community garden, on East 4th Street:

New signs.

Here is a close-up:


Our legacy of lead? WTF?

As if being built on a swamp wasn't bad enough!

#eastvillage #eljardindelparaiso #communitygardens #4thstreet #signs #lead

Flamingo & Watermelon

The beloved Chi Snack Shop, on St. Mark's Place, has come a long way since their humble beginnings back in 2016.

Today, with their pink storefront, and their inflatable outdoor seating, there's even more to love!

More to love.

Sporting the colors of East Village Today, no less!

#eastvillage #selfpromotion #chisnackshop #stmarksplace #outdoorseating

The Scrawny Dog

I was just about to take a picture of a very scrawny dog in Tompkins Square Park, when suddenly a man started hailing a taxi!


There are no taxis in Tompkins Square Park!

What a scrawny dog though, right?

#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #dogs

Foodie Hats

East Villagers love tasty food, and they love to wear hats. So what could be better than a collection of hats… in the shape of tasty food?!

Behold, the tasty food collection at the beloved East Village Hats, on East 7th Street:

Tasty food collection.

If you can't buy a hat, the next best thing is to take a picture of one.

Again, behold:

"This looks like something East Village Today would photograph"!

This photographer is like a differently-dressed echo of me!

#eastvillage #eastvillagehats #7thstreet #photographers

Roof Parties

Now that the weather is getting warmer, East Villagers are starting to reappear on their rooftops, a favorite site for parties.

Here is one such party, on East 7th Street:

One such party.

In the bad old days, people used to have roof parties too — it's a time-honored tradition!

#eastvillage #roofparties #7thstreet

The Unhelpful Door

I know I wrote about this door on East 9th Street once, a long time ago — I just can't find the post!

Anyway, it sure has a lot of locks, doesn't it?

A lot of locks.

You might think, with this many locks, this building would be pretty safe.


Boarded-up building.

Back in April, there was a fire here that rendered the building unlivable.

First Sushi Park now Yakiniku West. At least Stage Restaurant didn't burn down!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #boardedupwindows #doors #fire #locks #yakinikuwest

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

John Shaftway

This cat Shaftway (on East 9th Street) is a bad mother…

Shut your mouth!

But I'm talkin' about Shaftway:


Then East Villagers can dig it!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #shaftway #lasalleparking #parkinggarage

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Another Punk Rock May Day

This past Sunday, April 29, was East Village anarchist May Day. For the rest of the world, it's today, May 1!

To celebrate, local celebrity Chris Flash sponsored another of the Tompkins Square Park punk rock extravaganzas he's famous for.

When I got there, this guy was speaking:

This guy.

This year, his speech was given in a single breath, in a format known as "word association".

It went something like this:
"Scott Pruitt religious fascist fracking Oklahoma earthquakes native Americans original inhabitants tens of thousands of years ago broken treaties Leonard Peltier no clemency Trump Obama man of the people Clinton August Spies May Day all political prisoners thank you very much."
As soon as he finished, the band began to play. The band's name was either Haram, or Headsplitters, or Junta, or Rubber. It was not Olor a Muerte.

This was them:

When they finished, some kid in a face mask got on stage and told us all about how terrible the police are.

"The policeman is not your friend."

Chris Flash got up afterward and told everyone that while other policemen were bad, today's police were fine people. They were from Midtown South — he didn't understand why they were here in the Ninth Precinct, but they were fine people indeed!

Then it was time for more music, and the band Olor a Muerte went on.

This was them:

East Village punks don't care if they stand in a puddle:

Standing in a puddle.

I didn't seen any crusties at this show. It is early for them — they don't arrive en masse until Memorial Day!

#eastvillage #anarchists #chrisflash #mayday #oloramuerte #paulderienzo #police #thisguy #tompkinssquarepark

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