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East Village Life: Photos of Social Distancing From My Neighborhood Walks!

Cure Covid Meme
Brilliant Cure Covid Meme: Origin Unknown. All Other Non-Meme Images By Gail

Hello and welcome to week four of My Covid East Village Life! This week we are checking in with the act of Social Distancing, Masking-up, and related Covid Memes! Fun!  Let’s get to isolating!

Mask Instructions Meme

First off, if you’re not wearing a fucking mask every time you leave your house, I have ZERO sympathy for you if you get the virus.

trader joes mascot beary

A Trader Joe’s market opened in my immediate neighborhood earlier this year and shopping there for delicious food has allowed me to keep my shit together. Like most stores, TJ‘s began requiring customers to wear face masks a week or so into lockdown; which I have no problem complying with, because I am not a selfish cunt. Even Beary, the store’s mascot, is masked-up, as we all should be.

delphine in fancy mask photo by gail

This mask with Red Rringe — worn by my very fashionable neighbor, Delphine — is definitely the fanciest face-covering I’ve seen.

dog in a mask photo by gail worley

Tiny dog, which I was told is a Miniature Pinscher, in a mask, spotted in the East River Park. He is saying: “Mask-up, Bitches!”

mask graffiti photo by gail worley

Mask graffiti on the LES.

Attn Runners Flyer Photo By Gail

Flyer seen in my neighborhood. Zero sympathy for the Chads and Karens as well.

wear a mask sign at duane reade photo by gail

Rules like this make me feel safer. Thank you, NYC, for giving a shit!

Covid Traffic Warning Photo By Gail Worley

There is literally no excuse for not knowing the rules.

This Post Is Observing Social Distancing! More Photos After the Jump!

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East Village Life: Photos of Flowers From My Neighborhood Walks

purple flowers on the high line photo by gail worley
Purple Crocus’ on the High Line (All Photos By Gail)

In the Covid Life, I’m fortunate to be able to work from home, be in good health, have enough food, cable TV, and everything needed to make the lock-down more comfortable. I really can’t complain. I can get by for a few months without going shopping, eating in my favorite restaurant, or seeing a movie in the theater. The one thing I do get a bit wistful about is not being able to fully enjoy the beauty of Spring.

In an email I received from them this morning, the Museum of Modern Art was quick to remind me that, “Five hundred tulips are blooming in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden right now, and no one is there to enjoy them.” Thanks for the reminder! Spring, the season of renewal, is happening all around us while we are being advised to stay inside. It kills me. In a normal year, I would have at the very least attended Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — which is such a terrific way to usher in the season. Even the NYBG’s Orchid Show closed prematurely. Beauty is still out there, so I preserve it on my walks. If you’re struggling with Cabin Fever, please enjoy a little bit of spring in this week’s edition of my East Village Life.

cherry tree in tompkins square park photo by gail worley

Tompkins Square Park is the closest park to my home; being located between Avenues A and B, and between East 7th and East 9th Streets. There have been a few outstanding flowering cherry trees there this spring. Check them out!

flowering tree photo by gail worley

As much as I wish we could have trees that look like this year-round, they surely would not be appreciated if their beauty was not so ephemeral.

flowering tree detail photo by gail

Here’s a closer look at that same tree. When I checked the Instagram accounts of my neighbors on this particular afternoon, everyone was posting their own photos of . . . that same tree. It was just too perfect.

white flowering tree photo by gail

Different tree, same park.

cherry tree on 14th street photo by gail worley

These were across the street from my apartment, on 14th Street outside Stuyvesant Town. I love the side-by-side contrast of the trees against the blue sky, and then the red brick building.

cherry tree behind fence photo by gail worley

I took this photo very late in the afternoon, which is apparent by the light, or lack thereof. This tree enjoys its life inside one of the East Village’s community gardens that add so much value to this neighborhood.

white flowering tree on first avenue photo by gail worley

When I posted this photo on Instagram it got twice the usual number of likes. I think that has something to do with the visual appeal of the white flowering tree next to the white building. This is First Avenue just south of 14th Street.

cherry blossom on the high line photo by gail worley

A cool thing about Cherry Blossoms is that you don’t have to get the entire tree to capture a great photo; in fact, a small cluster of flowers, or even a single bloom, can convey so much more about the beauty of spring. This photo was taken on the High Line in early March, one week before lock-down.

cherry tree branches photo by gail worley

Also, the pink color is like a magnet, attracting me to the tree.

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East Village Life: Photos of Street Art From My Neighborhood Walks

madonna and child neon mural photo by gail worley
Madonna and Child Neon-Look Mural by Straker on East 3nd Street at 1st Avenue (All Photos By Gail)

Hello and welcome to week two of my ass-kicking East Village Life. In this week’s edition, we will walk through a virtual gallery of assorted street art and public art pieces that I’ve passed by on my weather-permitting daily walks in and around my neighborhood. Enjoy!

love mural by hektad at fsgap photo by gail worley

Hektad is a name that you’re going see a few times in this post, as his optimism-infused artworks are all over the East Village, especially in the First Street Green Art Park, located on First Street at First Avenue. Since this photo was taken, I believe the park has temporarily closed due to the Covid as it was attracting crowds. And we can’t have that.

Madina Deli Shop Photo By Gail Worleylove mural with portrait by hektad photo by gail worley

Here are a couple of additional Hektad pieces on 11th Street just East of First Avenue. These are side by side, adjacent to this monumental piece by Kobra.

king kong mural photo by gail worley

It does not get much more NYC than this mural of King Kong by French graffiti artist Moi One (@moi.one). Find it next to David’s Cafe on St. Mark’s Place near Tompkin’s Square Park.

avenue a tile mosaic by jim power photo by gail worley

This colorful tile mosaic by Jim Power, known locally as the Mosaic Man, marks the intersection of Avenue A and St Mark’s Place. Jim composes all of his intricate pieces from up-cycled china, glass, pottery and found objects to create unique, site specific works of art. His mosaics are all over the neighborhood.

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East Village Life: Photos of Storefronts From My Neighborhood Walks

Savasana Station Yoga Photo By Gail Worley
Savasana Station Yoga Studio Security Gate Mural (All Photos By Gail)

When the only outdoor activity that’s still permitted is taking a walk, it’s important to give your walks a purpose. As the Covid Life hit us back in mid-March, I started collecting what you might call ‘mundane’ pictures on my iPhone camera roll during my afternoon jaunts; documenting things I see in the East Village in order to share the stories these photos tell about the people who live in my awesome neighborhood. For as long as this shit lasts, I’ll be publishing a thematic weekly series of photo-blog posts featuring snapshots from my East Village Life, so that we all might feel more connected. This week’s theme is Storefronts. Enjoy!

clash city tattoo photo by gail worley

Clash City Tattoo located at 273 E 10th Street, takes its name from the song “Clash City Rocker” which you can find on the 1977 debut album by, you guessed it, The Clash.

pyramid club avenue a photo by Gail Worley

This is the Pyramid Club, a nightclub on Avenue A that’s been open since 1979 — wow! Nirvana once played there before they got to be a big deal, and I interviewed a few rockers inside its walls back in my rock critic days. They still host weekly ’80s New Wave dance parties and shit like that. I believe Pyramid Club will survive the Covid crisis.

readings by honeybee photo by gail worley

The handwritten sign posted out front of Psychic Readings By Honeybee, which is also on Avenue A near 14th Street, indicates that, despite their storefront being closed for business, they are still conducting “Readings Over The Phone.” One wonders why their advance psychic knowledge of the upcoming shutdown did not provided ample time to have a more professional sign prepared.

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Mr. Skin Offers Fans $1,200 Stimulus Relief Package with New #MrSkinChallenge

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It’s a Contest, Bitches!

MrSkin.com, the internet’s number one source for celebrity nudity, announces the launch of a brand-new social media contest, #MrSkinChallenge, for a chance to win $1,200. Fans can show off their artistic skills AND win cold hard cash by simply drawing, sketching or painting a famous nude scene or sexy celeb moment, then posting the results on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

“While people wait for their government stimulus checks, we thought we would stimulate the economy ourselves with THREE $1,200 checks up for grabs,” said a Mr. Skin rep. “During these trying times of pandemic quarantine and self-isolation, we’re doing our part to help!”

The contest, open to U.S. state residents 21 & over with valid social media accounts, will be conducted in three phases:

Phase One (ends May 1st @ 11:59 AM CST):

On Facebook ‘Like’ Mr. Skin Facebook.com/mrskincelebs and/or Mr. Man Facebook.com/mrmancelebs and post a sketch, drawing or painting – keep it clean per Facebook rules, please! – by commenting on the Mr. Skin Challenge pinned post. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge along with it.

To enter via Twitter, follow @MrSkinCeleb and/or @MrMan and post submissions by replying to the Mr. Skin Challenge pinned tweet. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge and keep their Twitter profiles public during the contest period.

On Instagram, entrants must follow @MrSkinCelebs and/or @MrMan and post submissions on their Instagram feed. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge and keep their profiles public during the contest period.

NOTE: ONLY ONE SUBMISSION ALLOWED PER SOCIAL ACCOUNT.

Phase 2 (begins May 1st @ 12:00 noon CST; ends May 3rd @ 11:59am CST)

Preliminary Judging – Ten finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges from all eligible entries, judged on creativity/ originality of concept; humor and delivery of the concept and clarity of the delivery of the concept. The entries with the highest scores will be deemed the finalists. Finalists will receive notification via electronic mail, on or about May 3rd, and will have 24 hours to confirm that the notification has been received.

Phase 3 (begins May 5th @ 12:00 noon CST; ends May 11th @ 12:00pm noon CST)

Finalists’ entries will be uploaded to the MrSkin.com and MrMan.com websites; registered members will judge and vote for their favorites (limit one vote per person and per email address). The three finalists with the most votes will win $1,200 each! Woo!

ABOUT MR. SKIN:

MrSkin.com is the world’s foremost authority on celebrity nudity, and MrSkin.com is the web’s #1 go-to destination for the complete skinny on Hollywood starlets at their hottest. Founded in 1999 by movie buff Jim McBride, MrSkin.com has grown exponentially, now attracting more than 10 million unique visitors every month who come to experience the site’s cast library of sexy celebrity content – including more than 20,000 actress bios, 30,000 movie and TV show reviews and over 200,000 pictures and videos.

Pink Thing of the Day: Crushed Pink Toner Cartridge

Crushed Pink Toner Cartridge By Gail Worley
Photo By Gail

This random piece of literal Street Art was spotted by me while I was wandering around the lower east side taking photos for This Post. All I saw was a flash of bright pink in the street, so I just got down in it with the iPhone and took a snap. It wasn’t untilI I arrived back home and took a good look at the photo that I recognized this dazzling mess as a crushed toner cartridge with the magenta toner dust sprayed artfully across the blacktop. Happy accidents: I welcome them.

Pink Thing of The Day: The Men of Vacaya

Vacaya Gang By Gail Worley
Photo By Gail

This past January, I made my first trip to the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center, because I am always game for new experiences to bring you on this rad blog. The show was amazing, and it inspired me to consider traveling to all sorts of exotic lands that I had previously never even considered visiting. But for reasons that should not need explaining, I had the most fun visiting the L.G.B.T.Q. Travel Pavilion. It was there that I met the men of Vacaya, which is the only large-scale travel company on earth serving the entire LGBTQIAPK community (IAPK = Intersex, Asexual, Polygamous / Polyamorous, Kink). Vacaya was giving away a Gay Cruise, and since I have the single best story ever about a Gay Cruise (which was told to me a decade ago by my friends Ross and Scott), I had to share the story with them. They all agreed that is was excellent.

Also known as The Vacayans, these handsome guys were so friendly and adorable that I was compelled to snap this fantastic photo of them, smiling and looking awesome in their Pink T Shirts, to capture the moment. I joked that I was going to make them my Pink Thing of the Day, but then I thought ‘why the fuck not, just do it!’  If you were gay, wouldn’t you want  them to help you plan your next vacation? I sure would!

I realize that people may not be booking a lot of travel just at the moment, but, for all of my LGBTQ etc readers, when you are ready to venture out into the world again and want to plan your next adventure, please visit MyVacaya.com, and tell them the Worley Gig sent you.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Pen with Flamingo Tassel

Pink Pen with Flamingo Tassel
Photo By Gail

I saw these fun Pink Pens with an attached Flamingo Tassel at the check out counter when I was buying a selection of random cheap stuff (knit gloves, steak knives, scented candles) at a 99 Cents Store on Delancey Street. If you were feeling ‘crafty,’ you could totally take that chain off and attach the tassel to a purse, or make a super cool necklace out of it as well.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Club

Pink Club Sign
Photo By Gail

You might think that a place calling itself Pink Club would be either a store selling pink merchandise exclusively, or a club for people who love the color pink, but you would be incorrect in both cases. Pink Club is a women’s clothing store that sells a variety of fashion merchandise (in many colors besides just pink) which are suited to the climate of Palm Desert, California, where this store is located.

Visit Pink Club at 73130 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Poodle Christmas Ornament

Pink Poodle Christmas Ornament
All Photos By Gail

This Pink Poodle Christmas Ornament (priced at just $14.50!) was spotted in the Simply Fresh Gift Shop in San Marino, California. They stock all kinds of cool gifts and slightly retro seasonal decorations, and I always enjoy shopping there when I am in LA for the holidaze!

Pink Poodle Christmas Ornament
“Woof!”