Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Real Find

The strange thing about this abandoned television set on East 6th Street is not that it was abandoned, but that someone still used it before abandoning it.

Ancient television set.

No doubt, some very old freegan will consider this a real find.

#eastvillage #abandonedtelevisions #6thstreet #graffiti #cellardoors #freegans

Abandoned Bicycle Frames

I was walking down Avenue C this past week, when I saw these two bicycle frames abandoned beside a trash can:

Abandoned bicycle frames.

The funny thing is that if the person who abandoned these knew that the beloved store across the street, with the yellow awning and no name, was a bicycle store, he could have taken them over and got some money for them.

#eastvillage #5thstreet #abandonedbicycles #avenuec #bicycleframes #nonamebicyclestore

Friday, March 16, 2018

No… Anything

Remember the beloved Bakeri, on East 6th Street, with the outdoor table for one on top of cellar doors?

Here is a reminder:

A reminder.

I passed by their last night and the place was empty.

Maybe this is why:

No wifi.

No wifi? There might as well be no electricity!

#eastvillage #bakeri #6thstreet #wifi #signs #cellardoors

The Last Three

As part of my series of Day Trips Outside the East Village, I ventured this morning to Astor Place, to see the new rhino sculpture called "The Last Three", by the artist duo Gillie and Marc.

Here is a picture:

The Last Three.

East Villagers have been flocking to this sculpture since it was unveiled yesterday — there hasn't been this much excitement since Basquiat was alive!

Here is a map showing how to get there from the East Village:

Directions from East Village.

Thankfully, it's not very far, and you get to exit from St. Mark's Place, the coolest street in the East Village!

#eastvillage #astorplace, #daytrips, #thelastthree, #stmarksplace, #sculptures, #gillieandmarc

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Made It Out Of Bed

I was walking past the beloved Loverboy on Avenue C this past Sunday…


…when I saw this sign:

This sign.

Made what out of bed?
I have a little dreidel
I made it out of bed…
#eastvillage #loverboy #avenuec #signs #dreidelsong

Warning Sign Unheeded

The Lower East Side People's Mutual Housing Association, Inc. building on Avenue C has a warning sign so small no one can see it!

Warning sign.

I don't think this is true. The part about the tree railings, trees, and sidewalks being private property, that is.

It doesn't look like I'm the only one who disbelieves them!


In fact, so many people park their bicycles here, space is at a premium:

Space at a premium.

Warning sign, warning sign
I see it but I pay it no mind…
#eastvillage #avenuec #bicycles #lespmha #sidewalks #signs #treeguards #trees

Hassan Memorial

I was walking down Avenue C this past Sunday, when I saw this makeshift memorial in front of the beloved Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space:

Makeshift memorial.

I didn't know who it was for, but when I saw this sign on the door leading into the beloved C-Squat, I knew I would soon find out.


It was for Hassan, aka Jerrold Heiserman:

Don't shoot!

A close-up shows the inside of one of the squat rooms:

Inside a squat room.

It's not at all what I would expect a squat room to look like! Where are the bottle caps? Where are the nodded-out punks? And check out that office-style drop ceiling.

It's like the television commercial; It's not your father's squat room!

#eastvillage #avenuec #csquat #hassan #jerroldheiserman #memorials #museumofreclaimedurbanspace #signs #squatters

Monday, March 12, 2018

God Friended Me

Another exciting film shoot is going on!

The working title of the program is "God Friended Me".

No Parking.

The following streets are unavailable for parking during this time:

No parking.

It looks like they're filming in some of the most desolate parts of the East Village!

Desolate East 9th Street.

With the success of NBC's "The Good Place", it looks like CBS* is looking to cash in on religious-themed programming. What better neighborhood than the East Village to film in!

*I know this from a picture I didn't post.

#eastvillage #avenuec #9thstreet #godfriendedme #cbs #nbc #filming #laplazacultural #thegoodplace

Friday, March 9, 2018

Ruminating Refrigerator

Is your refrigerator ruminating?

You better go catch it!

Ruminating on Avenue A.

There's an old East Village expression: You can't take it with you.

That's because it doesn't belong to you — it's the landlord's!

#eastvillage #avenuea #refrigerators #rumination

The Bicycle Family Is No More

Speaking of bicycle parking, the bicycle family that once lived on East 4th Street is gone, now just a distant memory.

A distant memory.

#eastvillage #bicycles #4thstreet

No Bike Parking

If you were thinking of parking your bicycle here, on East 7th Street, you better think again:

Think again.

I'm not sure what, if anything, would happen if you did park here — East Villagers' barks are oftentimes worse than their bites.

Someone should park their bicycle here and let me know!

#eastvillage #nobikeparking #treebeds #signs #treeguards


Long, long ago, when East Village Today was in its infancy, I posted a picture of a hidden sinkhole on the corner of Avenue C and East 6th Street.

This morning, I took a look through the Avenue-C-side holes in the construction fence that surrounds the place, and saw this:

Right hole.

Left hole.

It looks like some kind of hoarder lives here!

#eastvillage #6thstreet #avenuec #hoarders #sinkhole #constructionfences

St. Mark's Place Closed

If you were thinking of driving eastward on St. Mark's Place today, you might want to rethink your plans.


Street Closed sign.

It should say: Place Closed!

Here is a picture of the street repair workers working to repair the street:

Repairing the street.

I'm not sure what was wrong, but I'm glad they're fixing it!

#eastvillage #secondavenue #stmarksplace #streetrepairs

Abandoned Shoes

East Villagers are a thoughtful lot. If one of them has something, a pair of shoes, for instance, that don't fit, or he doesn't like the color, or the style, or the brand, whatever, he'll put them out for someone else to take.


On First Avenue.

In that case, finding these shoes will be even more propitious for the finder, because they're outside the beloved Foot Gear Plus, on First Avenue.

Foot Gear Plus.

Of course, the owners of Foot Gear Plus are not to happy about this!

#eastvillage #footgearplus #firstavenue #abandonedshoes

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Two Vases

Who would have thought it possible that the two faceless creatures that grace St. Mark's Place could ever be improved upon (except by reconstructing their faces)?

They have.

Two vases.

Two vases now sit in front of the two creatures — and they don't even match!

#eastvillage #lions #stmarksplace #statues #vases


You would not expect a post from East Village Today to generate controversy, yet controversy has indeed been generated!

It started when I tweeted the link to my article Moped Tires — Update.

Look what I saw this morning, on Avenue A and East 5th Street (this will only make sense if you read the tweets):

Motorcycle parking place.

It's a motorcycle parking place!

Oh, and a Pabst Blue Ribbon delivery truck.

Heineken? Pabst Blue Ribbon!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #abandonedtires #avenuea #heineken #pabstblueribbon #selfpromotion #twitter

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Great Job

I was walking down East 6th Street last night, when I saw up ahead of me a sign for the beloved Zen Yai.

Great Pho Shop job, I thought to myself:

Great Pho Shop job.


Continuing on my way, I passed by the beloved Ace of Cuts:

Ace of Cuts.

Great Barber Shop job, I thought to myself!

#eastvillage #zenyaiphoshop #aceofcuts #barbershop #6thstreet

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cup On Fence

This is a little something I like to call "Cup on Fence":

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

This post was brought to you by Tompkins Square Park, and by Avenue B, and by McDonald's Mobile Order & Pay, and by litter.

#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #avenueb #mcdonaldsmobileorderandpay #litter #fences

Caution, Parking

I was walking across St. Mark's Place this past Sunday, when I saw this woman gathering up the caution tape that had fallen into the pile of gravel there:

Gathering it up.

I didn't understand why she was doing it, but at the same time: I didn't care!

Later, walking back home the same way, I figured it out:

Parking spot.

Parking spots in the East Village are hard to find — you have to do a bit of improvising sometimes.

I'm still not sure what the caution tape had to do with anything though.

#eastvillage #stmarksplace #orangebarrels #gravel #cautiontape #parking

(No) Children Play Here

Tompkins Square Park is a popular place for people to put up their DIY signs, from Do Not Feed The Pigeons to Children Play Here:

DIY sign.

What children play here? There's a playground right behind me!

#eastvillage #signs #tompkinssquarepark #diy

Graffiti Boy

Back in February, I was walking across East 4th Street, just past First Avenue, when I saw this scene of a graffiti boy and his graffiti:

Graffiti boy.

He looked pretty young to be a graffitier, but this is the East Village after all!

He didn't hang around for very long though:

Graffiti boy gone.

At least he left us with his artwork, to remember him by!

#eastvillage #graffiti #4thstreet #firstavenue


I was walking across East 4th Street recently, past the Village View Apartments, when I saw these tracks in the dirt:

Tracks in the dirt.

Wait a minute, what's that?!

A syringe.

It's a syringe!

East Village junkies have tracks too.

#eastvillage #syringes #dirt #4thstreet #villageviewapartments

Sunday, March 4, 2018


The beloved Odd, on East 5th Street, has the perfect name for a store in the East Village!


They were playing the disco music when I passed by this afternoon:

Disco music playing.

ODD also means Oppositional Defiant Disorder — another East Village trait!

#eastvillage #odd #oppositionaldefiantdisorder #5thstreet

Art Imitates East Village Today

People sometimes ask me, they say: Hey East Village Today, is your photo blog really influential?

To which I can only reply with a resounding: Yes!

Here is an example of recent posters, on Avenue A, using photography that mimics my phone camera:

Blurry photos.

In case you're thinking that the posters are actually in focus, take a look at the graffiti and the Krypton poster.

#eastvillage #posters #avenuea #selfpromotion #blurry #photography #krypton #graffiti

Inadequate Signs

Because the East Village is so unique, it's impossible to purchase signs to tell people specifically what you want to tell them, like a No Trespassing sign that includes No Hunting / Fishing!

Here is another example of just such a sign, seen on St. Mark's Place this past Tuesday:

Just such a sign.

Not only is there no grass, but there's no yard!

No yard.

That's why DIY is so big here!

#eastvillage #diy #keepoffgrass #signs #stmarksplace

Spare Tires

Automobile drivers all know to carry a spare tire in their car — it helps that they come pre-installed!

Bicycle owners also know this, as could be seen on East 5th Street this past Friday:

Many spare tires.

There's spare back tires, spare front tires, even a spare wheel!

Unless this person is a tire hoarder…

#eastvillage #bicycletires #5thstreet #hoarders

Strange Tree Guard

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of East Village Today: tree guards in the East Village are strange.

This one, on East 6th Street, is no exception:

No exception.

It exists on one side of the tree only, and is easily twice the height it needs to be.

What is the point?

#eastvillage #treeguards #6thstreet

Fallen Bird Nest

Spring in the East Village is a time for bird nests to fall.

Here is one example, seen on East 4th Street this past Tuesday:

Fallen bird nest.

I suspect the eggs were devoured by an egg-sucking dog.

#eastvillage #birdnests #4thstreet #spring

Amazing Dog

Everywhere you go in the East Village these days, signs of Spring can be found.

Here are some daffodil buds, budding up in a tree bed on East 4th Street:

Budding up.

Wait a minute — what is that?!

Balancing dog poop.

It's dog poop, balancing on the tree guard!

What an amazing dog.

#eastvillage #4thstreet #daffodilbuds #dogpoop #spring #treebeds #treeguards

Another Miracle

It's no secret: the East Village is the place of miracles!

Here is evidence of a miracle, outside the Secret Garden on East 4th Street:


It's not as impressive as getting up out of a wheelchair and walking, but to the cripple hobbling along on these crutches, it's just as real!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #communitygardens #crutches #miracles #secretgarden