Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Meanwhile, on First Avenue

Probably not a reason for "low-flying, military-style helicopters" but... from a reader...

A bunch of hipster a**holes just walked up 1st Ave. honking atonally on saxophones and bassoons, like a flock of very loud obnoxious geese. They stopped at every storefront, bodega, bar, restaurant, and aimed their horns at the open doorways and honked and honked, making a noisy mess. 11:00 at night. WTF?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

End of the semester.

nygrump said...

Why can't they just masturbate quietly in public with their text phones like everyone else.

Roger_Paw said...

I'm vegan so don't eat eggs but I swear I'll buy eggs to keep in my fridge for occasions like this. Some horrid brass "band" does the same thing outside of Blue Stockings on Allen. In fact, the band I saw/heard started playing in there and then took their troupe up 1st Ave so they're probably the same culprits. The nights I heard them (this was one or two summers ago) I rang Blue Stockings several times to complain but they never picked up. A-holes.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I saw these folks too, on Ave A going into bars and honking on their instruments until they upset people. They also chased a few well-dressed people with their saxophones while honking. There's something appealing about this, I think, about the way it disrupts the yuppie "culture" of bars and restaurants.

Oh, and original reader, it was 11 o'clock at night and they didn't stay in one place for more than a minute. Calm the hell down, you live on the les... At least these kind of people are doing something interesting and not just yelling "WOOO!". I could understand you being upset if they set up shop in front of your apartment, but seriously, you're that upset over three minutes of transitory noise?

Anonymous said...

Weren't they simply doing what cars do on every avenue of the city, 24 hours a day?

Therefore, either it was a noise protest, or a demand for equal rights to be uncivil.

- East Village Slav

glamma said...

I demand a mission statement from this group. Inquiring minds want to know their MO!

Anonymous said...

Well they passed our apartment on 2nd street at 10:30pm and I thought it was actually really cool. It was about three minutes of New Orleans style fun and fiesta. Maybe it wasn't the greatest brass band you ever heard, but chill pill Mister, my goodness me - it was no more than three minutes of your life! Brass band hating, tree hating, bike lane hating east villagers - what's next?

HippieChick said...

Sorry they didn't come my way...sounds like fun. I miss the old days when Bread & Puppet Theatre would have impromptu parades up and down the block: once there was a NOLA-style jazz band playing "When the Saints Come Marching In" from 2nd Ave to 1st Ave, and another time I woke up to see fantastic dragon heads and weird dramatic giant puppets going past my window as they did a dress run for their Village Halloween parade appearance. Fun times!

So people getting blasted with horns (at least they weren't vuvuzelas) doesn't sound so terrible...

Shawn Chittle said...

I heard them too and thought it was the sound of the Foie Gras being prepared at "The Beagle" across from my apt.

Oh, the humanity!

Anonymous said...

Love horns in general, but 10:17's comment that the group was "going into bars and honking on their instruments until they upset people" makes me really like them! Hostile Brass Ensemble? Hell yeah! Ha ha!

also, tee hee to Shawn Chittle. And nygrump!