Thursday, June 22, 2017

Metsbike

Regular riders of Citibikes know that from time to time new bikes make their way into our lives.

The most recent one I've seen is this, on Avenue D, featuring the Mets:

The Mets.

What's with all these hippies in sports these days? It's even worse in football — every team has a hippie on it now!

Hippie.

East Villagers like punks, not hippies!

#eastvillage #citibike #hippies #punks

New Citibike Station?

I was walking across East 6th Street this past Tuesday, when I saw what looks all the world like a new Citibike station going in, near the corner of Avenue A:

New Citibike station?

Sadly, that's not the case — it's just regular street repairs.

#eastvillage #orangecones #orangebarrels #6thstreet #citibike #streetrepairs #avenuea

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tiny Little Wooden Diorama

East Villagers are so accustomed to the Graffiti Wall on First Avenue being covered with graffiti and graffiti stickers and sometimes posters that many probably did not notice this tiny little wooden diorama:

Tiny little wooden diorama.

Here it is in context:

In context.

See? It's tiny!

#eastvillage #dioramas #firstavenue #graffitiwall

Graffiti Motorcycle

I was walking across East 3rd street this morning, when I saw these orange doodles sprayed on this motorcycle cover:

Orange doodle-graffiti.

The doodles look like voodoo symbols: eyes and stick figures and squiggles and such. The bottom says: "GO BACK &". I wonder what the other side says? "TRY AGAIN"?

 I wonder if the owner did this, or some vandal?

#eastvillage #motorcycles #graffiti #motorcyclecovers #3rdstreet #voodoo

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Two Murals In One

Just the other day, I wrote about the change to the artwork adorning the construction fence on Second Avenue, including the highlight of the piece: glam shoe.

Who knew this was the start of a movement?!

Behold, on Avenue C and East 12th Street:

Glam shoe mural.

Whoa! I just noticed something: There's words behind those shoes on the left!

Backstabbers Incorporated.
They smile in your face
All the time they want to take your place
The backstabbers
(Incorporated)
It's two, two, two murals in one!

#eastvillage #12thstreet #avenuec #constructionfences #murals

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Areas of Interest

People ask me sometimes, they say: Hey East Village Today, I know all of the East Village is cool, but are there any particular areas that are even cooler than that?

Why yes there is, I say. Just take a look at Google Maps!

Google Map of East Village.

The areas marked in orange are "areas of interest", and looking at them I can tell there are no surprises here!

The good people at Google Maps explain it all here — of particular note is this:
We determine “areas of interest” with an algorithmic process that allows us to highlight the areas with the highest concentration of restaurants, bars and shops. In high-density areas like NYC, we use a human touch to make sure we’re showing the most active areas. [emphasis mine!]
A human touch, like East Village Today!

#eastvillage #googlemaps #areasofinterest

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Pothole Update

Even though I reported the birth of this pothole, on East 4th Street, to the good people at 311, nothing has happened yet.

Nothing in the way of repairing it, that is. It certainly has grown in these six days!

Growing pothole.

It looks like it's becoming a black hole — already the gravity seems stronger near it!

#eastvillage #4thstreet #blackholes #gravity #potholes

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sitting on the Sidewalk

One of the strangest outdoor seats is at the beloved Via Della Pace, on East 7th Street:

Strangest outdoor seating.

There are railings surrounding everything in front of this restaurant except the table, the edge of which sits flush with the sidewalk.

Also, there's no room to move once you're sitting!

This is made all the stranger by the fact that Via Della Pace is also the site of the coolest outdoor seating in the East Village!

#eastvillage #7thstreet #viadellapace #outdoorseating

Something Is Different

Something changed here, at the building housing the beloved Dr. Brendan Mac Repair on St. Mark's Place. Something is different.

Something is different.

I don't know what it is, but it's definitely something!

#eastvillage #stmarksplace #drbrendanmacrepair

Sidewalk Appropriation

The beloved Recycle-A-Bicycle, on Avenue C above East 5th Street, never used sidewalk space to store their wares.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the beloved East Village Bikes, as seen (again) this past Saturday afternoon:

The same cannot be said.

East Village businesses love sidewalk appropriation!

#eastvillage #avenuec #eastvillagebikes #recycleabicycle #sidewalks