NYC has really gone all out for Pride Month and it is so great to see everybody getting into the spirit of love and unity. With so much inspiring signage and art work popping up everywhere you look, it’s challenging to document even a small fraction of it, but I was walking home from brunch this past Saturday and passed by this storefront mural by Royce Bannon (AKA @Roycer_700), which currently resides on Avenue A near East 3rd Street. It appears to have gone up in the past few weeks specifically in honor of Pride Month and will like stay up as long as it can.
The Rainbow “Monsters” are Bannon’s signature characters, which he incorporates into much of his public artwork.
Do you suppose that the anonymous artist of this Pink Sidewalk Stencil intended their message to be interpreted as a take on a Post No Guns sign, or a warning to refrain from discarding used wads of gum on the path? The Google had no answers. Spotted on the sidewalk at Avenue A near 11th Street.
I spotted this fabulous Jimi Hendrix mural as I was out for a post-snowstorm stroll through my East Village neighborhood one Saturday afternoon. The mural can be found on the security gate for Mikey Likes It, an ice cream shop located at 199 Avenue A. According to their website, Mikey Likes It is the world’s first Pop Culture-inspired premium ice cream brand! I’ll have to make a point to stop by for a cone during their regular business hours!
No one can excuse muralist Eduardo Kobra of slacking when it comes to making sure that his work is well-represented on the streets (or buildings) of NYC. Recently, I brought you cool photos of his mural over by The High Line depicting Mother Teresa and Gandhi, and I also have shots of the installation-in-progress of his Mount Rushmore of Artists adjacent to the former Empire Diner on Tenth Avenue. Plus, there’s reportedly a Michael Jackson mural in my neighborhood that I have yet to even see. And it was an accident, or the prevention on one, that lead to my discovery of this nice homage to Run-D.M.C., which is on southwest corner of 12th Street and Avenue A in the East Village. This mural went up in November 2018.
OK, so it’s not really called Satan Burger, but wouldn’t it be cool if it was? Bad Burger can be found at 171 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets, in the East Village. Their burgers are actually very tasty, and their guacamole is excellent.
Geoffrey and I were walking north on Avenue A after having brunch at Yuca Bar when I noticed this lady walking directly in front of me wearing an eyeball print skirt! OMG! I tried to snap her photo while we were waiting at the light — because, Eyeball Skirt — but then the light changed and she took off. I got this shot while she sped away from me thanks to my zoom lens! Then, when she stopped to walk into a bar, I got the shot below.
As you can see, she looks very “put together,” with her short denim jacket and purple tights — stylish! I usually do not take spy photos of random people on the street, but not everyone has on a skirt like this. So, there you go.
It must have been a while since I walked west on 7th Street towards Avenue A, because today I noticed for the first time that the Joe Strummer Memorial Mural has been restored to the East 7th Street facade of the exterior of Niagara Bar, located at corner of Avenue A and 7th Street. The original mural, created by street artists Dr. REVOLT and Zephyr after Strummer’s death in 2002, was removed in 2013 to facilitate structural repairs to the building. The piece has now been recreated (a little Googling reveals it reappeared in September 2013) by Dr. REVOLT in a similar but still recognizably different style.
You can see what the original mural looked like at This Link.
Update, September 9, 2018:
I walked by the mural this afternoon and you can see that it as been touched-up to create a more realistic likeness to to Strummer. Nice!
Oh MLK Day, I took myself out to the “Weekend Brunch” at 7A — my favorite local Brunch spot and a restaurant I’ve frequented for the twenty years that I’ve lived in this neigborhood. The word is out now that 7A — cleverly named for its location on the corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A — will shut its doors for good at the end of January. My waitress told me that the owner is moving to California and just wants to sell the property off and be done with it. And that’s just shame, because 7A was the best.
When I first moved to the East Village and didn’t know many people, I hung out a lot by myself. One of my favorite things to do in those years was to visit 7A on the weekends for their delicious brunch, sit at a table by one of the windows and just watch people walk by. You could not buy better entertainment than that. But 7A has always been about so much more that good Freak Watching. The prices were always very reasonable, the food excellent (their guacamole-laden Mexican Burgers featured better ground beef than you find in most steak houses) and plentiful (I never left hungry) and the service friendly and efficient. 7A was a colorful local hangout where you could just be yourself.
7A was, out of necessity, renovated and redesigned a couple of times over the past two decades, but it never lost its character.
This is the massive meal I had for Brunch on my recent, and perhaps final, visit. A California Omelet stuffed with refried beans, cheese and tomatoes and topped with their delicious homemade guacamole, accompanied by Green Salad, Crispy Home-fried Potatoes and Seven Grain Toast. Brunch also included Coffee or Tea and a Cocktail (In this photo, I am about to enjoy a Screwdriver, which, as you can see, is tall enough to get you buzzed). This feast costs only $14.95, which means that with tax and generous tip you get more food than you can barely stuff in your face for about $20. What a bargain!
With the way things come and go in NYC and the rate at which landmarks and beloved establishments are being swept aside to be replaced by another fucking Starbucks, sentimentality is, perhaps not surprisingly, in short supply around here. Because you just can’t afford to get too attached to anything anymore. And while the loss of 7A is hardly as emotionally and culturally devastating as the closing of The Kiev, I will miss it.
I’m not sure what 7A’s final day of business will be (the 31st is a Thursday) but you might have time to grab one more famous Weekend Brunch if you step on it. Goodbye 7A and thanks for all the memories. I hope your staff finds good new employment!
London based artist STIK completed the final touches on his Liberty tribute mural as of Thursday, September 12th. A gift to NYC from Dorian Grey Gallery and STIK, this 60 foot mural was inspired by the history and spirit of Tompkins Square Park and will become a symbol of the artistic legacy of NYC’s East Village. The mural adorns the side of the building at the southwest corner of Avenue A and 9th Street above Doc Holiday’s Bar.