Friday, December 21, 2012

Today, we're 5; TV Grieve exposed

Today marks the five-year anniversary of EV Grieve. 

A couple of you may recall the humble beginnings here, when I was known as TV Grieve — a blog about television. And Tara Reid. Here's an early post...


But it was a crowded marketplace, so I rebranded and...

OK, I made that up.

Anyway, thank you for your support, comments, gripes, tips, photos, Lady Gaga jokes, camaraderie, passion — everything. Thank you.

Doing this every day, seven days a week, often swings from being completely exhilarating to utterly depressing. (And back!) I've thought about slowing down... gently bringing the site all to an end.

Funny, though. Maybe some time passes. And I'm in another part of NYC or out of town ... and I find myself taking pictures of plywood around storefronts and for lease signs on restaurants for absolutely no reason ... I can't really stop. And I really do love living here.

So ... we might be stuck with each other for awhile.

I hope so. I'm not going anywhere. I hope that you're not either.

64 comments:

pennys herb co said...

mazel tov {on 5 great years!!! {the best!!!!

pinhead said...

Happy Birthday, Grieve! Your voice is consistently funny, sarcastic, sad, ironic, and informative (and the sheer volume of quality content never ceases to amaze)!

(My brain skipped over the bringing the site all to an end part.)

NYCDreamin said...

Time flys, eh? Happy 5th and many more! Can't imagine eating my morning cereal and not having a look at your latest updates.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Developmental research promises us an exciting year together, considering that five-year-olds

- are creative and enthusiastic problem solvers. They offer progressively more imaginative ideas for how to do a task, make something or solve longer-term or more abstract challenges. As they participate in a variety of new experiences, five-year-olds ask more analytical questions and weigh their choices. - are more social as they learn new things and prefer activities that involve other children.

- have well developed language skills, can pronounce words clearly, speak in complex and compound sentences, use correct grammar for the most part and have good-sized vocabularies that continue to grow rapidly.

- know their uppercase and most lowercase letters and understand that letters represent specific sounds in spoken words. They also can discuss stories and are able to tell their own tales.

- sequence events chronologically and are learning to tell time. They can also sort objects based on more than one characteristic.

- abound with energy...

If you want to know more about yourself, EV Grieve, reflect on http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/five/index.html In the meantime just know that while the East Village family publicly loves all its offspring the same, we really deep down love you the most.

marjorie said...

THANK YOU for your service! your blog is indispensable. not only does it tell us what's going on in our nabe, but it helps keep the EV feeling like a community even as evil (and/or banal) forces try to make it less of one. happy blogaversary.

(and my brain skipped what pinhead's brain skipped.)

Jeremiah Moss said...

happy birthday blog buddy! keep up the good work and "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum."

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year (of EV Grieve)!
Thanks for taking all the scaps of plywood, etc., and preserving this part of EV history. Like Patti Smith said on closing night at CBGB's, "What we have left, is the future."

Alex in NYC said...

Hey! Happy b-day!!! Keep bringing it.

Marc Kehoe said...

congratulations.
also: please don't go.
completely.

Suanne said...

Long may you wave!

Anonymous said...

We love you Grieve... don't stop until it's all gone.

dmbream said...

Kudos!

Keep it up.

RyanAvenueA said...

Nothing goes better with my coffee than EV Grieve. Thanks for working as hard as you do on this. It means a lot to the rest of us who love living here as well.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

Congrats on the five years and thank you so much for all the work you do with this blog. I'm sure there are lots of days where you don't feel like posting anything, but we all really appreciate the hard work you put in.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Grieve,

Please never stop! We love you, and my friends and I have turned you into a verb - "to grieve" - in relation to bitching about stuff, always your commenters, never your posts. I read this every day, and you do an amazing job! Totally an integral, important part of our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Here's to another 5 years and beyond

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all of the work you put into this blog!

l.e.s.ter said...

And keep those timely Tara Reid updates coming, too!

Jeremy said...

You're my morning newspaper while I poop! My day can't be started without some EV Grieve. Thank you for all the mostly-unbiased reporting and hard work!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for everything Grieve. I know it's tough to keep it up, but your work is appreciated.

-Creature

glamma said...

Viva El Grieve!!! The best indication yet that the world is not ending ; )

LvV said...

Congrats on 5 years, Grieve. I completely understand wanting to end it all, but I hope you don't. Thanks for all you do.

EV Grieve said...

Thank you very much, everyone... I appreciate the kind words.

And this makes it all the more difficult to put up the paywall and start charging you...

Haha. OLD joke...

Pinch said...

I echo pretty much everything already stated above, especially the impressiveness of the amount of (and the breadth of) information you disseminate. I often wonder how you do it all. You provide a great service to this neighborhood and in many ways help to KEEP it a neighborhood. Lastly, on your sarcasm; it is much appreciated and adds a nice touch (however the fact that you are hawking this whole 5th anniversary bit on the day the world was due to end makes it pretty obvious that you are planning to hit all of us up with some sort of “Grieve Access Tax” in the near future!)

abrod said...

Here's to another five years - and more!

dwg said...

5 and keep it going. Voice of reason, vigilance and humor in the hood.

Anonymous said...

Keep on keepin' on.

g whiz said...

Thank You and congratulations on 5 years! Your blog kept us informed during Sandy when we were luckily out of town but worried about our friends and family in the neighborhood.

Dave - Everywhere said...

Congratulations, Grieve. Since I found your blog in 2011 I've become a huge fan of your reporting. Although I'm not an EV resident (sorry, I'm an old boomer from Long Island) I'm intensely interested in many of the issues that dominate this site (not so much Tara Reid, though). Thanks for your great work. Take some time off to keep yourself fresh. Best wishes for another 5 years.

Marty Wombacher said...

Happy Birthday from Peoria, EV Grieve! Keep up your great work, my friend!

Traven said...

Grieve, you ROCK. And we've been in awe of you since DAY 1 (our Day 1, that is...)

Congrats on 5 years and glad to hear you'll be carrying on!

Dave on 7th said...

I'd like to second Jeremiah's advice with the words of Vineger Joe Stillwell: "illigitimi non carborundum".
Thanks for letting me be part of your grieving process!

VH McKenzie said...

We love you, grieve, don't ever leave!

Anonymous said...

Please don't slow down or shut the site down! I recently moved from the LES to the SF Bay Area and read your blog every day to keep up on my old 'hood! Thank you for this! :)

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

Happy Birthday Grieve! The Lady Gaga tickets are in the mail!

Uncle Waltie said...

Some people talk to themselves while sitting in a McDonalds, others walk the streets of the EV mumbling things incoherent to anyone else...and then there's you, someone who actually has an audience - and what an audience it is. Well informed, smart even occasionally cantankerous curmudgeons. Congratulations

Goggla said...

Here's to another 5 years of grieving! :)

You and your followers have become my daily bread. Thanks for all your hard work and for enabling our community to come together in so many ways.

Makeout said...

Congrats on five years! You're definitely one of the highlights of my day. I think we'll all pitch in & get you a new mousepad. Or something...

nygrump said...

Keep up the good work. I'm not against a small ad on the site to provide some sustenance to you.

I do have to wonder how someone could leave the fascinating world of Tare Reid behind, she's such a talent.

Anonymous said...

The NY Times should have such good investigative reporting, thank you for keeping us with a clue and on top of things here in the hood.

esquared™ said...

Good thing the world didn't end today, otherwise it would have been 1 day short of 5 yrs. Grieversary.

Here's to 5 more years of arrows and bendy thingys.

Cupcakes and froyos on me. Woooooooo!

Anonymous said...

what better way to celebrate the last day on earth then to wish ev a happy birthday - and to get the news that even if the world is scheduled to end, evgrieve is not.
thanks for your informative blog, and for the freedom you allow everyone, even though there are a lot of folks i do not agree with, and others i wish would shut up.

Eddy the Teddy said...

Well done mate. Enjoy your stuff almost daily.

Janko said...

That's probably the first time that I am truly happy for somebody else's addiction. Thank you Grieve, happy anniversary, and keep it rocking and rolling. Your blog is one of the very few sites I visit daily, often more than once. And though you have some strong competitors, there is nobody reporting better about our neighborhood

EVQP said...

Happy Birthday, Grieve! I'm sure I'm repeating several others' comments and accolades, but your blog is indispensable for its information, be it happy or sad, infuriating or exhilarating, or just plain disseminating.

I've been enjoying reading it for almost as long as you've been writing it, keeping up with our 'hood while away, and with issues of importance always, though don't always make it to visit daily...

Here's to many many more years, even if you - as you should! - take the occasional refresher/hiatus. Just don't make it too long please! Thank you for everything.

Fipper said...

With all the Santas, Woos and the Woh's and whatnots out there, your blog and your regular commentators keeps me sane; not to mention a good chuckle!

So Happy Anniversary and many effing more!!!

Noah said...

Many, many thanks for your valuable work.

BabyDave said...

Congratulations! Your blog is part of what makes most days worthwhile. It's educational and fun, too. Here's to many more years.

Anonymous said...

I love you, Grieve. Thanks for keeping us updated on everything. I don't even live in the EV anymore but I still keep up with the blog to know what's going on. Maybe someday I'll return and I hope you'll still be there if I do.

Dr Gecko said...

Why not celebrate by doing something different? How about a bunch of crappily written or just plain boring entires? Wouldn't be much fun for us, but it'd be something you haven't done before.

BT said...

A thank you from me, too. Five years of work is an accomplishment. Many people have never done anything at all along the lines of what you are doing, even for a little while.

DrBOP said...

Just keep the arrows comin'.....


ALL of Canada salutes you!
Bon ton roulette!

Hey19 said...

Happy Birthday Grieve. well done, I am honored to live in a neighborhood that has such a thoughtful blogger. Imagine all those other neighborhoods, their gentrification just goes on without any commentary... You should franchise, open stores all over the city... Wait...

~evilsugar25 said...

Thanks for all you do! I look forward to checking the blog pretty much daily, especially keeps me in touch when i'm out of town. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

I think you should branch out. I was at Chase on B the other day, and noticed the chairs and coffee table with the big windows to the street corner. This is a perfect set for a "Good Morning East Village" TV show, though it should probably start around noon.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

A Belated Happy Birthday, EV Grieve!

EV Grieve said...

Thank you all very much for the kind words... I'm very appreciative..

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 5 years! Been reading you for 3 1/2 years and check out the site every day for the latest neighborhood news. Thanks and keep up the great work!

Matthew has 2 T's, dumbass said...

please do not go. this is the only blog i read.

RhinoAveC said...

Belated congratulations Grieve. Thank you!

Eden Bee said...

you can't ever stop until the last 7/11 is out of business and the last xmas tree is thrown out in mid-summer.

Anonymous said...

will we ever see how you look like mr. grieve? haha ;-)