Urban Fur: Special East Village Edition

October 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10003, East Village, East Village Manhattan, New York City, Urban Fur 

Dogodile nys

Today yours truly saw a great many festively fettled furkids in the East Village. The above fellow garnered a great deal of attention and commentary. This is of course because he is cute as hell.

I like cute. Cute is good. But I have a rather idiosyncratic sense of what constitutes awesome— and this is what I saw on Stuyvesant Place.

Xerses nys

Chillaxin nys

His name is Xerxes.

One Eye Open nys

I was a mite bit confused by the name: Xerxes. For those of you who are not in the know (and you can thank a very enthusiastic college professor for this), Xerxes was a ruler of Persia.

Persia is allotted its very own breed. They are called (imaginatively enough) Persians and are quite hairy. As you can see Xerxes is not so encumbered. Such are the occasional absurdities which remind me why I (still) live in this town. Not only is Xerxes a rescue cat, but per his person he loves to strut his stuff alongside dogs. And today he did just that at a local Halloween parade. Wait, that sounds familiar.

The New York Shitty Checklist to the Upcoming Ghostbusters Apocalypse:

  1. Human Sacrifice: Not yet— but I would not rule out these folks suggesting that homeless people be rendered re-purposed into dog food.
  2. Mass Hysteria (via the Internets): “Ebowla-gate”.* Check.
  3. Dogs and cats living together: Check. It is actually much worse. There was a hairless pussy in a bee suit marching alongside dogs. In a parade.

Where is Bill Murray when you need him?

*What seems to have been and is lost on a great many people here is Doctor Spencer actually bothered to go to Guinea and help Ebola patients. Before we tender judgement (about how/where Mr. Spencer went) maybe we should ask ourselves the following question:

Would I have done this?

I am guessing the answer is “No”.

Urban Artifact: And The Kitchen Sink

October 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10003, East Village, East Village Manhattan, Urban Artifact 

And The Kitchen Sink nys

Broadway Kitchen 2 nys

Broadway Kitchen nys

Taken October 25, 2014.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: 14th Street

September 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10003, 10009, East Village, East Village Manhattan, The Word On The Street 

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This one goes out to Jeremiah Moss.

Google web nanny

 

New York Shitty Feral CitiBike Watch: Stuyvesant Town

September 24, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10003, 10009, Criminal Activity, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

1st avenue

feral citibike

As spotted today at 1st Avenue and 14th Street. Those of you who may wish to avail yourselves of a free ride should be advised that it has been brought to my attention that the NYPD is helping Citibike corral and collect these prodigal pieces of transportation. E.g.; if you happen to get caught violating traffic laws (and as such will be given a ticket) while riding an unsanctioned Citibike, our Finest will verify the latter with Citibike and you will land in jail. Given the bicycle theft problem on this, my side of the creek, I find this grimly entertaining. Ride carefully folks…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Smiles

Taken by David Sierra.

Urban Artifact: Special East Village Edition

August 30, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10003, 10009, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

Looks like Santacon finally wound down for someone— or perhaps it has just begun? Only 116 days until Christmas, folks. Best to get your drink on early…

(Taken by kiminnyc.)

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Moses

August 24, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10009, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

Taken by kiminnyc.

An Honor Roll Of Restaurants Past…

Thank You nys

Last night I had one helluva time falling asleep. Instead of counting sheep I decided to recount restaurants I liked in this city that are no more. Let’s just say it has been on the brain of late.* Here’s a partial list:

  1. Bleu Drawes: Jamaican food in Greenpoint? Yes, once there was! This was on Commercial Street, now the space is occupied by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
  2. Oznot’s Dish: Berry Street, replaced by Silent h
  3. Silent h: (see above) , replaced by a French bistro. This was the place which really got me into Vietnamese food.
  4. Barossa: Graham Avenue, replaced by Gwinnett Street whose menu is mildly upscale “artsy” food. (I do not recall the latest name for this establishment, but I imagine part of the reason for the name change was one of the owners being charged with handling narcotics. you can’t make this shit up, folks.).
  5. Kenny’s Trattoria: Havemeyer Street, razed for residential development.
  6. Taco Bite: South 4 Street at Rodney, replaced by a short-lived vegetarian/health food restaurant.
  7. Grand Sichuan: Canal Street, razed so as to build a hotel.
  8. Conos al Pescatore: Graham Avenue. Replaced by Sage an upscale Asian fusion establishment (which I will admit serves pretty good food— but still).
  9. La Vuelta: 45th Road, replaced by a barbecue joint.
  10. Village Mingala: Burmese restaurant whose East 5 Street location is now a Michelin recommended bistro. ASIDE: this leaves one Burmese restaurant in New York City.
  11. El Paso: Houston Street, new tenant TBD
  12. Casa Mon Amour: Franklin Street. They served Dominican food. Now the space is occupied by Vamos al Tequila (which is a fairly good replacement). The folks at Vamos al Tequila have my business for life for simply having the temerity to post the sign gracing the beginning of this post. I can only imagine what necessitated its creation.
  13. Driggs Pizzeria: Driggs Avenue (duh), replaced by Two Boots. This one infuriates me as much as Village Mingala’s closure (READ: A LOT).
  14. Monsignor’s: Bedford Avenue, now Lokal
  15. Rocco’s Ristaurante: Thompson Street, taken over by these guys.
  16. L.A. Ristorante: Manhattan Avenue, now a magazine/cigar store. To their credit, they did retain some semblance of a restaurant— but it really isn’t the same.
  17. Bean: North 8 Street. A nice little Mexican restaurant; now it is Pop’s.

Is it just me or is there an overall trend here? Anyone care to add?

*Thankfully it would appear John’s of East 12 Street has dodged becoming statistic. At least for now, anyway…

East Village Photos Du Jour: The Word On The Street

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Kafka Construction Inc nys

Taken July 26, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: There But For The Grace Of God…

Taken by Scoboco.

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