Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome Ben & Jerry's

Back in the good old days, around 2015, the East Village had its own Pinkberry's. Then it closed.

Luckily, we now have our own Ben & Jerry's — and in the same location!

In the same location.

There can never be too many ice cream shops in the East Village!

#eastvillage #stmarksplace #benandjerrys #icecream

An Egg

I was walking past the beloved Avenue A farmers market, on Avenue A, when I saw this egg sitting on this mosaicy lamppost:

Egg on mosaicy lamppost.

You can see the empty egg cartons behind it, but no other eggs.

Later, I passed by the farmers market again, on my way home and… the egg was still there!

Still there.

The egg cartons were gone though. Strange.

#eastvillage #farmersmarket #avenuea #7thstreet #eggs #mosaics #lampposts

No Hunting Or Fishing

You might not think of the East Village as a popular hunting or fishing destination, but for those in the know, it is!

It's located within the confines of the formerly-beloved Cafe Orlin, on St. Mark's Place:

Within these confines.

What proof do I have, you ask?


Violators prosecuted.

No selling drugs, either.

Drug sales prohibited.

Thank you!

#eastvillage #nohuntingorfishing #notrespassing #signs #stmarksplace #cafeorlin

Pirate Love

East Villagers who think of pirates usually think of the Jolly Roger hanging in the window of the building overlooking the vacant lots on Second Avenue and East 7th Street.

However, pirate love is not exclusive to that location. Not long ago, as I passed by the beloved Grape And Grain, on East 6th Street…

On East 6th Street.

… I saw this chalkboard sign, announcing this event:

Pirate event.


#eastvillage #6thstreet #grapeandgrain #pirates #signs

Friday, February 16, 2018


How do the proprietors of the beloved Solid Gold, on East 5th Street, stop East Villagers from stealing the things they leave out over night?

Things left out over night.

They put a out a sign telling people not to.



Naturally, it helps to be polite.

The impact of this sign went beyond the table — it extended to the adjacent trash can, where someone put out their mushrooms for freegans to take:

Free mushrooms.

In fact, it extended next door, to where someone put out an onion for those same freegans:

Free onion.

The power of politeness!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #abandonedfood #mushrooms #onions #signs #solidgold

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Imminent Collapse

These cellar doors, on East 6th Street, are collapsing into the swamp the East Village is built on:

Into the swamp.

It's a good thing that orange barrel is tied to the riot gates with that caution tape, otherwise it might fall into the cellar when those doors finally give way!

#eastvillage #orangebarrels #cautiontape #6thstreet #cellardoors

Paper Plate Art

If you're wondering what the Joe Strummer mural has to do with Valentine's Day, you're not alone!

It may be that the future is unwritten, but this paper plate art project involved a lot of writing:

Paper plate art project.

Luckily, it rained, so most of the paper plates stuck to the sidewalk. Some of them blew away though — you can see some of them on the left, past the stairs.

Here are some close-ups of the paper plates that remained:

East Villager artists are such a romantic bunch!

#eastvillage #joestrummermural #paperplateart #artists #7thstreet #paperplates

Crime Scene

Last night, walking home from work, I decided to stop in at the beloved Cupcake Market on East 7th Street, and buy my loved ones a Donald Trump face cookie!

As I approached, however, I saw a police activity outside this mannequinny place:

Police activity.

The yellow tape read: Crime Scene.

Tonight I passed by there again, to discover that it was the beloved Neon by Cheng!

Still closed.

They're still closed — I hope no one was hurt!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #policeactivity #crimescene #police #mannequins #neonbychan

Valentine's Day Face Cookies

Who doesn't love a good face cookie for Valentine's Day?

I was walking by the beloved Cupcake Market yesterday, on East 7th Street, when I saw these Valentine's Day face cookies in their window:

Left to right, top: Justin Bieber; Kim Kardashian; empty space;
Bottom: Smirky Guy; Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton.

It may be that these were not for Valentine's Day, but who wouldn't want a Donald Trump (or other celebrity) face cookie on Valentine's Day?!

#eastvillage #cupcakemarket #7thstreet #facecookies #justinbieber #kimkardashian #donaldtrump #hillaryclinton

Monday, February 12, 2018

Free Burger – Maybe

If you're in the mood for a free burger, you're in luck!

The beloved Bare Burger, on the corner of Second Avenue and East 5th Street, has just the thing for you!

Free burger.

Here is a close-up:


The sign doesn't tell you that Bare Burger won't deliver past Avenue C, so forget about it if you live there.

I guess they figure no one there would order with an app!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #bareburger #freefood #secondavenue #signs

Why Businesses Fail

When you walk around the East Village, you're bound to notice that some business you love… is closed! Shuttered! Gone forever.

Many times, these failures are preventable. For example, with the beloved Agios Greek Rotisserie, on St. Mark's Place — who can even see their name behind the No Parking sign?!

Sign is blocked.

It couldn't have helped that they were beside the beloved Aria Body Piercing either. Imagine coming out, after having just finished dinner, to see someone screaming as a spike is driven through their nose!

Another example is the beloved East Village Meat Market, on Second Avenue.

On Super Bowl Sunday, a day when an astonishing 1.35 billion chicken wings were eaten, they were closed.

No wings for you, East Village!

Think about the community!

#eastvillage #agiosgreekrotisserie #closed #eastvillagemeatmarket #secondavenue #signs #stmarksplace

Friday, February 9, 2018

You're Walking Down 2nd Avenue

I was walking up Second Avenue this morning, coming to St. Mark's Place, when I passed this very large array of posters, telling me that I was walking down Second Avenue, coming to St. Mark's Place:

Very large array.

New York Magazine should know better!

East Villagers won't be confused (unless they're high on drugs), but what about the tourists? They'll be mighty confused, indeed!

#eastvillage #secondavenue #stmarksplace #posters #newyorkmagazine

Introducing: Lego Lady

East Villagers are familiar with Lego Man, who first made an appearance in August, 2017.

Until now, however, there was no Lego Lady.

Until now:

Lego Lady and Lego Dog.

There's even a Lego Dog!

I wonder if there's ever going to be a Lego Baby?

#eastvillage #4thstreet #greenmailboxes #legodog #legolady #graffitistickers #graffiti

Stuck Outside

The beloved 2 Bros. Pizza, on St. Mark's Place, recently repaired the sidewalk outside their entrance.

They were still open, but how were people going to enter?

These two gents pondered that very question:


Here is a close-up:


All they could do was stare inside.

#eastvillage #2brospizza, #sidewalks, #stmarksplace, #wetcement

My Name Is Chair

I was walking past the beloved Coffee Project NY the other day, on East 5th Street, when I saw this stool leaning against the wall:

Leaning against the wall.

Not only was it leaning against the wall, like a person(!), but there was a sign on it:

My name is Chair.

How funny — a stool named Chair!

I bet the bench is named Sonny.

#eastvillage #coffeeprojectny #5thstreet #signs #stools

Too Much

You have to wonder what East Villagers are thinking when they open an individual portion of food, like apple sauce.

Do they think, when they open it, it'll be too much to eat in a single sitting? You might think so!

Behold, as seen on East 7th Street:

"I'm full!"

Maybe the solution to this is smaller portions, like spoonfuls?

The extra packaging is a small price to pay for a reduction in food wastage!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #applesauce #recycling #abandonedfood

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Exploded Car

Speaking of the bad old days, I was walking across East 3rd Street this past Saturday, when I saw this exploded car:

Exploded car.

Naturally, I had to take a look inside:

Front seat.

The back seat was missing:

Back seat missing.

And finally, the rear window:

Rear window.

The rumour about how this happened is preposterous, so I won't repeat it.

Let's just say: Nobody saw nuttin'!

#eastvillage #3rdstreet #avenueb #explodedcars

Last Of The Discarded Christmas Trees

Here are the last of my pictures of discarded Christmas Trees.

This one, in Tompkins Square Park, was abandoned a week before Christmas!

December 19.

These two look like twins! (January 16, East 7th Street)


This one shed all its needles. (January 17, East 7th Street)

No more needles.

This one too! (January 23, Avenue C)

This one too.

That is all.

#eastvillage #tompkinssquarepark #avenuec #7thstreet #discardedchristmastrees

Looks Like The Bad Old Days

In a lot of ways, the East Village still looks like it did back in the bad old days.

Take this scene, for instance, on East 7th Street and Second Avenue:

Big mess.

What a mess! A vacant lot, a full dumpster, trash beside the dumpster, trash beside the vacant lot, a dirty car…

The only thing missing is a freegan rummaging through it all!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #cars #dumpsters #secondavenue #trash #vacantlots

anyone lived in a pretty how village

Cum one! Cum all! To the newest club in the East Village (on East 6th Street), the beloved Club Cumming:

It's true!

I wonder if the owners are related to e. e. cummings?
Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain
#eastvillage #eecummings #6thstreet #clubcumming

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Doors On Doors

You see lots of stuff on top of cellar doors when you're walking around the East Village — usually people eating.

I don't think I've ever seen garbage piled on them though… until now!

Behold, on Avenue B:

Garbage on cellar doors.

Wait a minute… why are there doors on top of the cellar doors to begin with?!

#eastvillage #avenueb #cellardoors #garbage #signs

Secret Passageway to the Unknown

I was walking up Avenue A this morning, when I saw something strange, something I've never seen before, something that looked all the world like a secret passageway to the unknown!


Secret passageway to the unknown.

Someone must have forgotten to turn on the cloaking device!

#eastvillage #avenuea #secretpassageway #unknown #cloakingdevice

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Work Of Art Car

You can always tell an artist's car in the East Village — they're works of art themselves!

Behold, seen on East 7th Street:

Work of art car.

Of course, if you need confirmation, all you have to do is walk around to the other side:

The other side.

Your ego has no followers — not like East Village Today!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #artists #cars #paintings

Donald Trump Was Here

It looks like the President of America, Donald Trump, paid a visit to the East Village, and signed the window of the beloved no name Grocery Inc. on Avenue D!


D. Trump signature.

It must have happened while I was at work — I'm sure I would have noticed all the fanfare!

#eastvillage #nonamegroceryinc #avenued #graffiti #donaldtrump

Big Ugly Mess

The beloved Minca, on East 5th Street, is a big ugly mess:

Big ugly mess.

This place is just across the street from another place that was a big ugly mess back in 2014. It must have something to do with the orange background.

Sources tell me that the food here is good, but I don't know — I've never eaten here!

#eastvillage #5thstreet #minca #graffiti

Monday, February 5, 2018

East Village Warming

As many things as there are cool about the East Village, one thing that is not cool is East Village Warming!

Recently, the New York City Department of City Planning released their Community District Profile, which shows how the East Village will be affected by global warming — it's not a pretty site!

Pretty colors, but not a pretty site.

The blue shows where the water goes when it floods now, such as during a hurricane. The aquamarine shows where the water is predicted to go by 2050.

At least the new entrance to the FDR at Houston Street is safe!

#eastvillage #houstonstreet #fdrdrive #eastvillagewarming #globalwarming #floodplain

Models Modelling

Wherever you go in the East Village, you're bound to see a photographer photographing a model modelling.

Here is one such site, witnessed on St. Mark's Place, not so very long ago:

"Hey look, it's East Village Today!"

The East Village makes a perfect backdrop for any product being sold — it's so cutting-edge!

#eastvillage #stmarksplace #models #photographers #cuttingedge