Tag Archive | Avenue A

Joe Strummer Memorial Mural Recreated in East Village NYC

Joe Strummer Mural East Village NYC
Photo By Gail

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!

Joe Strummer Mural 2018

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A Sad Day in the East Village: Restaurant 7A Closes for Good

7A From Across the Street
All Photos By Gail

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.

7A Counter

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.

Ceiling Fan and Mural

7A was, out of necessity, renovated and redesigned a couple of times over the past two decades, but it never lost its character.

Mural By The Bathroom

California Omelet Brunch

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!

7A Illuminated Sign

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!

Brunch Sign

The Last Brunch

Liberty Mural By STIK

Liberty Mural by Stik
This Image Courtesy of Dorian Grey Gallery

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.

Stik Liberty Mural

"Real Blood Is For Suckers"

Have you seen the Tru•Blood marketing campaign yet? The poster above has adorned the side of a bus shelter on Avenue A and 14th Street for about the past month. I was so convinced that this was a real advertisement (I mean, I do live in the East Village, and I actually know a couple of, shall we say, eccentrics who claim to be “Vampires”) that I’ve been asking everyone if they’ve seen this drink in stores. Turns out, it’s just a bloody clever marketing ploy! The elaborate ad campaign designed to sell a synthetic blood beverage called Tru•Blood was created by none other than HBO as hype for its new TV series True Blood, which, as far as I can tell, is about the day when vampires decide to ‘come out’ of the casket (so to speak) and live normally amongst us. They can do this because of the advent of the synthetic blood beverage, which will suffice in place of killing off and draining us mortals. Conveniently, the synthetic blood beverage drink comes in 4 flavors: A, B, AB and O. See more about the campaign at Trubeverage.com.