On April 5, we reprinted an item about some ongoing maintenance issues at First Houses, the first public housing complex in the United States on East Third Street between First Avenue and Avenue A.
And the whole comments thread turned into a discussion on the fellow who lives in a ground-floor apartment here who seems to enjoy his music (classic R&B and soul) and his drinking. We followed that up with another post on the apartment. Turns out the fellow has many fans. Not to mention a nickname — the Chillmaster.
Per a reader in the comments: "I pass this guy all the time ... I would love to hear his story."
Well, thanks to EV Grieve regular Marty Wombacher, now we do know more of this story. For his Marty After Dark blog, Marty paid the Chillmaster a visit on Friday night. (This had been pre-arranged.)
You can read the whole thing at Marty After Dark. But a few highlights. He has a "Chillmaster Chill Easy Chair" that vibrates and has a heat control.
He grew up in Harlem... he's retired... and he has lived in this apartment for eight years.
And he likes Hennessey.
Marty even printed out the EV Grieve post with all the Chillmaster comments...
By the way, Marty paid a visit to the Chillmaster with Kate from One Folded Sunset. You can read her post on the night here.
Marty's reaction via email: "Classic fucking New York night!"
[All photos via Marty After Dark. Reposted with permission]