On Aug. 1, 2012, we debuted a feature here titled Out and About in the East Village. Our first interview was with Mike Stupin, who worked making deliveries for (the now-closed) Mama’s Food Shop on East Third Street.
Delivering to pantsless people is very common. It’s not just guys; it’s everyone, all the time. People of every shape and size answer their door pantsless. Every once in awhile they get embarrassed and apologize and I’m like, ‘don’t worry about it.’ It’s kind of what I do, I put on pants so you don’t have to. Strangers love that joke. I’ve got one customer that I’ve never, ever seen wearing clothes. She’s always in a towel or a bathrobe. It doesn’t matter the time of day.
And here we are some 150 people later.
So many thanks to East Village-based photographer James Maher for his ongoing work on this series. (And thank you to Stacie Joy for filling in several times through the years.) And thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share his or her story.
You can revisit every interview here by year...
• the first quarter of 2016
And we were very sorry to hear about musician Bill Gerstel, who we featured in April 2014. He is facing a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. We wish Bill and his family all the best.