Friday, January 29, 2016
[Photo courtesy of John Caldwell]
Jim Hayes (aka Cowboy Jim) passed away on Jan. 2. He had been suffering from emphysema.
Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of biographical information at the moment.
Hayes had been a fixture off and on in the East Village since 1968. He could usually be found drinking coffee outside Porto Rico Importing Co. on St. Mark's Place and on a bench near the Hare Krishna tree in Tompkins Square Park.
There is now a makeshift memorial for him on the side of the shuttered Chase branch on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place ... next to Porto Rico.
Thanks to EVG contributor Steven for the photos and information...