Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy campers? The Free Willie Nelson gets some competition on East Third Street

The Free Willie Nelson RV has become a familiar site on East Third Street near First Avenue...



Now, it appears to be getting some competition... I spotted this beaut the other day on the same block... (the Free Willie Nelson was parked east of First Avenue...)




Also, someone purporting to be the owner of the Free WIllie Nelson recently left me this note:

Thank you for your kind remarks about the Free Willie Nelson. Unlike every other vehicle parked in the streets of manhattan the Free Willie Nelson gives back to the community with a nice deck on the rear where people can sit and smoke, eat a snack, sit in the sun and watch the world go by, or chat. Often my friends come by and we sit inside and jam. It's worth noting the Free Willie Nelson is the same size as my apartment, there by doubling my living space. Unlike my apartment it costs about $800 per year to own and it transports up to sixteen people out to the Mermaid Parade, Floyd Bennett Field, Dead Horse Bay, Wood-stock or away from ground zero on that terrible day.

This summer we are talking about putting on a rooftop garden.

I know that not everyone is going to get it or like it but if you take a man in the street poll, except for the people who want the parking spot, most all really like it.

This is a ride for the nomadic spirit, the open road and a romantic time in our history when people weren't afraid to boldly just go.


For the record: Mark me down for getting it and liking it.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Everything that you've ever wanted to know about the "Free Willie" Nelson RV on Third Street (and no -- he's not inside...)

9 comments:

glamma said...

what a beautiful note.

Adam A said...

Got any info on the camper thats frequently parked on 9th btw C & D, near the back of the police station? that thing never moves. Not nearly as good looking as these sleek old cans, but I've always wondered how it just sits in that same parking spot!

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the comment, Adam. Ah, the Mystery Camper! Haven't seen that one in awhile... Here's a post on it from November:

http://evgrieve.com/2009/11/mystery-camper-on-ninth-street-has.html

Goggla said...

Awesome. How long before a trailer park sprouts on that mystery lot on 13th?

EV Grieve said...

@Goggla. Ha! Maybe we could turn all those stalled projects around into RV parks!

VH McKenzie said...

I, for one, would like to have a drink and a snack on the rear deck of the Free Willie Nelson one day.

EV Grieve said...

Me too, VH! I'd also like the Grand Tour first.

Adam A said...

the 9th St. mystery camper is back as of late. not sure exact last time i saw it, but its been there recently.

so do the camper drivers just move their vehicles for alternate side? ive always wondered how they get away w/ being in the same spot all the time w/ no tickets!

EV Grieve said...

They must do just that, Adam. I don't recall ever seeing a ticket on the Free Willie Nelson. And the other RV is new to me... I would have noticed that before!