Monday, May 22, 2017

Bench Up, Bench Down

I was walking across East 3rd Street — lo, these seventeen days ago — when I saw this metal bench, chained to these air-conditioner-accommodating anti-theft bars:

Bench, chained.

That's one way to stop people from walking away with your bench!

However, the very next day, the bench was upended!

Behold:

Bench, upended.

It's hard to know if it was a frustrated thief, or a satisfied vandal, behind this chicanery!

#eastvillage #3rdstreet #antitheftbars #benches #vandalism

I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

A long, long time ago, before most of you were even born, there was a singer named Nick Lowe, and he sang a song that East Villagers at that time snapped their finger and sang along to, called "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass"!

This was back in the bad old days, when East Villagers did love the sound of breaking glass!

Fast forward to the present…

I was walking down St. Mark's Place yesterday afternoon, when I saw this group of buskers outside the formerly-beloved Friterie Belgian Fries — they call themselves Breaking Glass:

Breaking Glass.

They drew quite a crowd — it extended all the way into the street:

Into the street.

You can listen to their music here: Click To Experience

The East Village still draws people from all over the world who want to be famous musicians — put that in your vapo-pipe and smoke it, Williamsburg!

#eastvillage #stmarksplace #buskers #musicians #friteriebelgianfries #breakingglass

Gutted Clock

There's an old saying: "One East Villager's trash is another East Villager's treasure".

However, when the trash is put out by the junk store on East 7th Street, this saying no longer applies!

Behold:

Put out by the junk store.

Here is a close-up:

Close-up.

I recognized the clock shape from across the street and had to investigate!

Here is a close-up of the back side:

Close-up of back side.

Who guts a clock?!

Maybe the junk store is a clock chop-shop!

#eastvillage #junkstore #junk #7thstreet #clocks

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Without Cars

What if there were no people and no cars in the East Village — what would that look like?

I think it would look a lot like East 7th Street did last Sunday afternoon:

The beloved Rose and Basil, without cars in front of it.

The blue place, the beloved junk store, and the beloved Comparti,
without cars in front of them.

The beloved Trash & Vaudeville, without cars in front of it.

If you're wondering why there were no cars, it was because of signs like this:

No Parking Sunday.

It would be great if each block had its own No Parking Sunday, so I could take pictures of the buildings I can't otherwise!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #roseandbasil #trashvaudeville #junkstore #blueplace

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Flair

If there's a store in the East Village that screams out "Flair!", it's the beloved Neon, on East 7th Street:

Flair!

They even have the name of the store (Neon) spelled out in inert gas (neon) lights on the ceiling!

Here is a close-up of the flairy mannequins:

Close-up.

There must be… 57 pieces of flair!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #flair #mannequins #neon

Having Fun

Sometimes people ask me, they say: "Hey East Village Today, you write all the time about what a cool, fun place the East Village is, why do we never see any pictures of people having fun?"

So for all of you, here is a picture of a group of people having fun, on Second Avenue:

Having fun.

The woman wearing mostly-black (dwarfed by the guy in the white shirt), is taking a picture of her friends while I take a picture of them!

I wonder if someone took a picture of me while I did this?

#eastvillage #secondavenue #linknyc #photographers

Bottomless

I've heard of topless brunch, but bottomless?

That's what the sign says, at the beloved Cafe Mocha, on Second Avenue and East 7th Street:

Bottomless.

I wonder how this place smells at the end of a shift?

#eastvillage #7thstreet #bottomless #cafemocha #secondavenue #signs

Going Off The Rails

What's the first thing you see when you look at this picture of a building on East 6th Street?

Tiny little sign.

The tiny little sign, right? There might as well be a large neon arrow pointing at it, flashing "Read Me!"

Here is a close-up:

Close-up.

Where are the rails? How can you not attach your bicycle to the rails when there are no rails?!

#eastvillage #6thstreet #signs

Strings of Street Lights

Well, they're not street lights, but they're lightbulbs!

I was walking up Avenue A a couple of weeks ago, when I saw these cords wrapped around this tree:

Cords wrapped around tree.

The church lady was carrying on inside Tompkins Square Park about the devil or something; I thought these might be hers, for no reason other than I saw them and heard her at the same time!

Here is a close-up of the lightbulbs:

Close-up.

They extend in both directions:

Both directions.

They must be a wonder to behold at night!

#eastvillage #avenuea #lightbulbs

Friday, May 5, 2017

More Pink Than Punk

Isn't that a great title? I borrowed it!

If you're wondering what it relates to, behold, at the corner of Second Avenue and East 9th Street:

Pink.

Springtime in the East Village — oh yeah!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #pink #secondavenue