Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Christmas Tree Shaving

There's a new fad in the East Village: Christmas Tree Shaving!

Here is the first example I saw, on East 5th street:

First example.

You can see the trunks of both trees were shaved. It's closer to a Festivus Pole than a Christmas Tree!

Festivus Pole.

Here is the second example, outside the beloved The Kati Roll Company on Second Avenue:

Second example.

What do they do with the branches?!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #discardedchristmastrees #secondavenue #katirollcompany

Monday, January 15, 2018

R.I.P. Adela Ferguson

One of the things that makes the East Village so cool is the beloved restaurant on Avenue C called Casa Adela.

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that the owner, Adela Ferguson, died.

She suffered a stroke on Saturday afternoon, January 13, and died early Sunday morning.

This is her, from a picture I borrowed from a NY Times article:

R.I.P. Adela.



Here is a picture of Casa Adela, from this morning:

Casa Adela.

A memorial to Adela:


#eastvillage #avenuec #casaadela #adelaferguson

New ATMs

It's been almost a year since the Chase Cash Mob, to help keep Chase banks in the East Village. At that time, two branches had closed, and the Chase ATMs removed from the local Duane Reade drugstores!

I am happy to report (to holders of Citibank accounts) that the Allpoint machines have been replaced with new Citibank ATMs!

Behold, in the Duane Reade on Avenue B and East 2nd Street:

Citibank ATM.

Naturally, I had to visit the Duane Reade on Avenue D and East 1st Street also:

Citibank ATM.

It doesn't help people with Chase accounts, but we still have one branch in the East Village, on Second Avenue and East 10th Street — Citibank account holders don't have any!

#eastvillage #1ststreet #3rdstreet #atms #avenueb #avenued #citibank #duanereade

Ben & Jerry's Opening Soon

Long-time East Villagers will certainly remember the beloved Pinkberry that used to be on St. Mark's Place — it's almost three years since they closed!

Good news: the beloved Ben & Jerry's is moving into the same location!


Ben & Jerry's.

We're sad that the beloved Caffé Bene is gone (that moved here after Pinkberry closed) but we rejoice that soon we'll be eating ice cream!

#eastvillage #benandjerrys #stmarksplace

Grand Opening

Back in July of 2017, this space that was once the beloved Village Gifts (below) was occupied by crusties and a guitar top!

This past weekend, not only was it devoid of both the above, but it now housed some newly-beloved food place:

Newly-beloved food place.

I didn't feel like ducking beneath the Grand Opening banner to see what the place was called, or what kind of food they served, but I can tell you this: they have a moped for speedy deliveries!

#eastvillage #banners #grandopening #mopeds #stmarksplace #villagegifts

Friday, January 12, 2018

Books & Keys

I was walking into Tompkins Square Park this morning, at the Avenue B and East 7th Street entrance, when I saw a box of abandoned books on the ground. This was no ordinary box of abandoned books, however, for dangling above them from some shiny, metal object, was a set of keys!


Set of keys.

I bet if you take these books and keys, and put the shiny, metal thing on your head, something mysterious will happen!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #abandonedbooks #avenueb #keys #tompkinssquarepark


East Villagers love to recycle.

Everyone knows that when you recycle, you have to separate items of one type from items of another — that includes separating green wood chips from brown, as seen this morning in Tompkins Square Park:

Green wood chips from brown.

Naturally, you have to separate your plastic too!

#eastvillage #recycling #tompkinssquarepark #woodchips

Unlucky Pigeon's Foot

The life of a pigeon in the East Village is not an easy one.

Behold, on East 5th Street between First and Second Avenues:

Pigeon foot.

Here is a close-up:


It's hard not to conclude that it was a hawk that did this!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #pigeons

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Another Little Pink Head

Regular readers of East Village Today will be familiar with the sitings of little pink heads around the neighborhood!

Here's another, on East 7th Street near First Avenue:

Another little pink head.

That is one big-head baby!

You may recognize that this green mailbox is not where it belongs — it's against a building instead of by the curb — and it's not bolted into the sidewalk!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #ceramics #firstavenue #greenmailboxes

Broken Egg

I was walking down Second Avenue, back in late November, when I saw this broken egg near the intersection of East 6th Street:

Near the intersection.

Here is a close-up:


You see a lot of these the day after Halloween; you don't usually see them three days after Thanksgiving!

#eastvillage #eggs #secondavenue #6thstreet

Another Hawk Casualty?

Hot on the heels of the eviscerated pigeon in Tompkins Square Park comes this poor specimen, seen on East 4th Street:

Poor specimen.

Here is a close-up:


It's possible that this carcass was not dropped here by a passing hawk, after being ripped apart and having its insides devoured — it's possible that it died some other way, and was eaten by a rat!

#eastvillage #pigeons #4thstreet #unseemly

More Pumpkins

Speaking of pumpkins, here is a picture of some pumpkins above the beloved Hot Pot Centeral on Second Avenue, back in late October:

Some pumpkins.

Here is a close-up:


Most people didn't see them, since there were so high up.

East Village Today saw them though!

#eastvillage#hotpotcentral  #pumpkins #secondavenue

The Hardy Pumpkins

I was walking across East 4th Street one morning back in December — December 13, to be precise! — when I saw these hardy pumpkins on the sidewalk:

Hardy pumpkins.

I was very surprised to see them in such good condition, this long after Halloween. I was even more surprised to see that some anarchist hadn't destroyed them!

The next day, it snowed! There they were, unsmashed:


It could not last forever — it could not last beyond December 19, in fact! The combined influences of decomposition and the anarchist's boot worked their wiles on them:

Worked wiles.

They had a good run though, and there's no victory in smashing a pumpkin 49 days after Halloween — it's practically humiliating!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #pumpkins #snow

Keep District 2

Walking around the East Village, you are likely to see many art projects: some recognizable as such, others not.

This one, on the corner of Avenue A and East 4th Street, is clearly recognizable:

Barbie On A Trash Can.

Here is a close-up:


It's nice to see Barbie involved in the effort to keep District 2!

#eastvillage #avenuea #4thstreet #barbie #trashcans #councildistrict2

Vacate – Do Not Enter

I was walking across East 4th Street this morning, when I saw these jersey barriers in front of the beloved Ultra Nail Beauty Salon and the equally-beloved Manny's Barber Shop:

Jersey barriers.

What could be the reason, I wondered? I stood back and looked at the building, thinking pieces of it were falling off, but there was no indication of that.

Then I saw it: the Vacate – Do Not Enter notice:

Vacate – Do Not Enter notice.

A similar notice was inside the other window too:

Inside the other window too.

It's anyone's guess what the reason for the unsafe conditions is. All I know is that these two storefronts were beside the formerly-beloved Nie's Service Center, closed in August of last year for prostitution!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #donotenter #jerseybarriers #mannysbarbershop #signs #ultranailbeautysalon #vacate

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Catching Up

Regular readers of this blog probably noticed that I haven't been posting lately.

There are lots of reasons for this: too busy at work; binge-watching "The Walking Dead"; distracted; exhausted; and the holidays, to name a few.

But now I'm back, and with The Bomb Cyclone keeping most people at home today, I have time at work to catch up!

What better way to get back into the swing of things than to post a picture of a teeny-tiny digger — people love teeny-tiny diggers!

Teeny-tiny digger.

This was taken on East 7th Street, way back in November of 2017!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #digger

Bomb Cyclone – The Beginning

East Villagers woke up this morning to find that all the predictions of snow came true. They're calling this the Bomb Cyclone, and from these pictures, you can see why!

Here you can see a couple of discarded Christmas trees, blown violently down East 4th Street:

Blown violently.

The wind was so strong, it blew this table from its original location into Tompkins Square Park, at Avenue B and East 7th Street:

Blown table.

Because so many East Villagers come from the Midwest, where bomb cyclones don't even raise an eyebrow, they are undaunted! Here is a typical East Villager, sitting in the park, talking on his cell phone:

"Hey, guess what? It's snowing."

Finally, here is a video of another intrepid East Villager, riding his Citibike to work.

Neither rain nor snow now Bomb Cyclone… etc.!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #bicyclists #bombcyclone #citibike #discardedchristmastrees #snow #thirdavenue #tompkinssquarepark #winter