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!


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!


Put out by the junk store.

Here is a 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


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


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:


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


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:


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:


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:


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:


Springtime in the East Village — oh yeah!

#eastvillage #9thstreet #pink #secondavenue

Bikes On The Sidewalk, By George

Just the other day, East Villagers were celebrating the arrival of the newly-beloved East Village Bikes, on Avenue C — complete with dog mascot!

It didn't take long for them to fill up the sidewalk with their inventory:


Check it out — a Big Wheel!

#eastvillage #avenuec #bigwheel #eastvillagebikes #orangecones

Bee Here Now

I was walking down East 4th Street about nineteen days ago, when I saw one of my favorite insects on the sidewalk:

Bumble bee.

A bumble bee!

I'm not sure why he was crawling on the sidewalk at what is still the beginning of bee season.

#eastvillage #4thstreet #bumblebees #sidewalks

Avoiding Tetanus

If you've been thinking about avoiding tetanus, then you will want to steer clear of this torn-apart metal shelf, discarded beside a trash can at the corner of Second Avenue and East 7th Street:

Torn-apart metal shelf.

By the looks of it, this metal shelf is almost as old as the East Village itself!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #metalshelves #secondavenue #tetanus #trashcans

East Village Yesterday

Writing a blog about the East Village today sometimes means that you have to write about the East Village — not just yesterday, but — decades ago.


Such is the case with last night's gallery opening at the beloved Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, on Avenue C.

The show was titled: "Taking It To The Streets! The Art + Design of Posters and Flyers on the Lower East Side in the 80s + 90s".

I got there just in time to be the first — and for a while, the only — person in the room!

At least I was able to get pictures of the posters:

Posters on the wall.

…stencil paintings on the floor:

Stencils painted on the floor.

…signs on the back wall:

Signs on the back wall.

…and a cardboard tank, which I think is part of the permanent exhibit:

Part of the permanent exhibit.

I stayed for about twenty minutes, thinking more people would show up, but no one did, so I went outside and sat on the bench and read the show's Playbill.

Fortunately I ate at home before attending, because there was no food — not even beer!

How do you reminisce about the bad old days without beer?!

#eastvillage #artgalleries #avenuec #flyers #morus #museumofreclaimedurbanspace #posters #signs

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Posters and Flyers

Hot on the heels of last night's gala at the beloved ILevel is tonight's soirée at the beloved Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), on Avenue C, called "Taking It To The Streets! [exclamation point theirs!] The Art + Design of Posters and Flyers on the Lower East Side in the 80s + 90s".

That's a long title!

Here is information about tonight's event, once again in the form of a screen shot taken from their web site:

I doubt the food will be anywhere near as good as ILevel's!

Other than that, I don't know what to expect — posters and fliers from when your grandparents were kids?

I'll keep you posted!

#eastvillage #avenuec #museumofreclaimedurbanspace #artgalleries #morus

A Photographic Journey — Follow-Up

Last night's gala at ILevel, on East 7th Street, was everything it was cracked up to be — let's get straight to the pictures!

I arrived at around 5:30, and it looked like there was already a line to get in. Where was the velvet rope, I wondered?

No velvet rope.

Once we got inside, we were greeted right away by the first food table:

First food table.

Of course, no exhibition opening would be complete without a bar, and a place for people to chillax!


People chillaxin'.

Just past the chillaxers was… the second food table!

Second food table.

Verily, I had found my home.



There were meatballs, spinach, pita bread with hummus, those chickpea things that go into falafels, an egg roll that wasn't really an egg roll…

At the second food table they were also serving risotto, and the server gave it to you on a separate plate, because she didn't want it to touch any food you already had on your plate — that's how good it was!

Finally, to top it off, was the dessert table:

Dessert table.

Not to slight any of the dessert makers, but the almond things (top/center of the picture) were my favorite! There were two kinds: one with almond filling and almond slivers on top, and for those who don't like so much almond, another with almond filling and no almond slivers!

If you liked what you ate, there were fliers and business cards of the restaurants that participated, free for the taking!

Free for the taking.

I didn't take pictures of the pictures themselves — it was too crowded! I'll go back before the exhibition closes at the end of the month.

Maybe. :)

#eastvillage #7thstreet #artgalleries #food #ilevel

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

East Village Bikes, by George

Here's another one for the "Don't blink or you'll miss it" file!

I was walking down Avenue C — oh, back on April 12 — when I saw that the beloved Recycle-A-Bicycle was gone!

Recycle-A-Bicycle — gone.

I checked out the sign in the window (with the groovy leopard-skin tape!):

Groovy leopard-skin tape.

They weren't kidding when they said it was coming soon. I passed by there again this past Sunday, and the new, beloved East Village Bikes was open, and they have a dog!

Official dog of East Village Bikes.

There's a sign in window that says they accept donations:

Sign in window.

You could give them some money, I suppose, but me: I'm going to give them dog treats!

#eastvillage #avenuec #bikesbygeorge #dogs #eastvillagebikes #recycleabicycle #signs

A Photographic Journey

If there's one thing East Villagers are known for (and there are many!) it's beloving our local businesses — and taking pictures of them!

So what could be better than hanging these pictures in an art gallery and letting people look at them? (I mean… OK… a blog…)

That's exactly what the beloved ILevel Gallery is doing! (Get it? ILevel? Like eye level, because the pictures are hung at eye level? But also like iPhone, because a lot of pictures are taken with iPhones? Pretty clever, eh?)

And the opening reception is tonight!

Here is the information, in the form of a screen shot taken from their web site:

Screen shot.

I know what you're thinking: Will any pictures from East Village Today be in this exhibition?


It's OK though — truth be told, I haven't posted any of their pictures either!

A splendid time is guaranteed* for all!

*Not a guarantee.
#eastvillage #ilevel #manhattansideways #7thstreet #artgalleries #photography

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Aquamarine Trash

It seems like only hours ago, I was commenting on the new paint job at the cool, dumpy building on Avenue C!

How did I know the paint job was new, you ask? Well, for one thing, I don't remember it being that color the last time I saw that building!

The real evidence, however, was this topless can of paint, discarded in the trash can on Avenue C and East 4th Street, a half a block away from the building:

Topless can of paint.

But what's this?! Not only is the paint aquamarine, but so are the plastic bag and Arizona Green Tea can!

Good things come in threes!

#eastvillage #avenuec #trash #aquamarine #4thstreet

Missing Pig

This is the strangest thing: I can't find any of the pictures I took of the Porchetta pig, the pig statue that graced the window of the formerly-beloved Porchetta, on East 7th Street!

Here is a picture of the former Porchetta, taken last week:

The former Porchetta.

…and here is the counter where the pig statue sat (to the right of the For Lease sign, above):

No more pig statue.

Maybe it's not so strange — I never could get a decent shot of that thing, between the riot gates, and people sitting next to it, and the reflection in the window…

#eastvillage #7thstreet #porchetta #pig #statue #riotgates #reflectywindows

This Day In History

Two years ago today, I was walking down Avenue A, when I saw these construction materials outside the place next to the beloved Ben Ari Arts Ltd:

Construction materials.

Here is a view inside:

View inside.

This past Sunday, when I resurrected this post from the Drafts folder, it looked like this:

The beloved Drexler's.

It's now the beloved Drexler's! This is what it looks like inside:

Inside now.

Thus concludes our trip down memory lane!

#eastvillage #avenuea #benariarts #construction #drexlers

Cool Dumpy Building

I was walking down Avenue C the other day, when I noticed how dumpy this building, beside the beloved Fine Fare, is:

Dumpy building.

Just then, I noticed something very cool about this building also, namely: the newly-painted center window head and sash, and the cornice!

Newly-painted center window head and sash, and cornice.

It was just about that time that I noticed this building is being held up by metal supports connected to the building next to it!

Held up by metal supports.

Those aren't just any metal supports, there's a fire escape ladder attached — indeed, it's a fire escape for the building on the right:

Fire escape.

This looks like one of those symbiotic relationships: the building on the right gets to secure its fire escape with the help of the building on the left, and the building on the left gets to secure its upright position with the help of the building on the right!


#eastvillage #avenuec #finefare #fireescapes