Mikey Evans, who spent his whole life as a resident of 190-192 E. Second St., died on Wednesday night.
I don't have a lot of background information at the moment. Evans had been in declining health in recent months.
Julio Pena and Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta, the husband-wife owners of Il Posto Accanto at 190 Second St. between Avenue A and Avenue B since 1995, shared the news in a series of Instagram posts yesterday:
With heavy hearts we are wishing our good friend & brother Michael Evans a loving farewell. The Lifeguard of 2nd Street will now be our Guardian Angel ... Those of us that had the pleasure of watching Mikey from sunup to sundown will forever remember his beautiful energy as he entertained and elevated our small community.
Those of us at Il Posto Accanto and Il Bagatto don't know a 2nd Street without Mikey because Mikey was here first.
He was one of a kind, and lived and died on his own terms. We would like to celebrate his life with everybody.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Get well soon, Mikey