Monday, May 9, 2011

Protection against Bowery bums

On Saturday, a worker continued buffing the fanny fenders here on Bond Street at the Bowery — aka the "new intersection of cool."


Word is the building management is trying to thwart people from resting their buns or bums here, hence the posterior posts...



However, despite the rump rippers, there are a few gaps around the columns, which still allows room for seating. Like this fellow yesterday who was enjoying a cigar.

13 comments:

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Geez, everything about the front of that building is just so unwelcoming. Kind of like a funeral home in a strip mall in Passaic.

Lisa said...

The irony is, it's no longer the hobos tossing their cookies in great Technicolor deposits, it's the very clientele this place is hoping to attract.

Hey Ken, maybe that's why the front is so shiny and glossy (and luridly ugly), it's easier to hose off the hurl.

Julio said...

bums - Homeless

Roger_Paw said...

Way to be a good neighbor, managers.

Bowery Boogie said...

nice alliteration!

Marty Wombacher said...

What a pain in the ass business.

HippieChick said...

Mean-spirited wankers...

Anonymous said...

I think it sucks that stores have to install these ridiculous cruel devices to prevent unauthorized sitting, but on the other hand I completely understand. In NYC, things are different, you simply cannot trust anybody and you must assume the worst otherwise people will walk all over you. There is something about the atmosphere that encourages people to impudently walk out into traffic, clog up sidewalks, talk loudly on their phones, double park, make right and left turns from the middle lane...basically act as selfish as they can manage.

Think about it, if this store doesn't install those "butt rippers", the whole scene will devolve into a sad mess before long. And whats sadder is that its not really just the homeless you have to worry about. Regular well to do yuppie and hipster people would be bivouacking, picnicking, eating, lounging, skateboarding, etc. all over these ledges. It is awful, I live near Pommes Frites and I park my bike on the street. People have actually used my bike seat as a table to eat their fries. Disgusting right??? It's bad enough that on most weekend mornings I emerge from my building and have to navigate through lakes of ketchup and frite sauce pooled on the sidewalk. Say, where can I get some of these butt rippers?

Jeremy said...

anon 2:52 - I got home last night, after walking past Pomme Frites, to find a gigantic french fry molded between the treads of my shoes. Wasn't as bad as dog poo, but it was definitely not fun clean. I don't know how you manage living above that! A bum could probably live off the french fries you must track into your apartment, haha.

Tom said...

I find those things to be highly offensive (and dangerous). I'm going to pee on them once a month until they're removed.

Anonymous said...

On the one hand, I am sympathetic. One gets tired of having one's private property used as a public park.

On the other hand, there is a severe lack of places to simply sit and relax in this town without paying for the privilege by buying a drink or meal. There really should be more public spaces and benches.

P.S. I agree wholeheartedly about Pommes Frittes and other local restaurants, whose sidewalks are black from grease and littered with their garbage. They should be responsible for cleaning the sidewalks.

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

How speedy quick to notice. Those rails have been there for years.

Tinderbox said...

People as pigeons.