So a little site history. The post was a cut-n-paste from Page Six noting the possible upcoming sale of Sophie's, the neighborhood bar on Fifth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. The Page Six item fueled concerns that the bar, along with Mona's on Avenue B, would be closing following a sale... bringing an end to two low-key bars and ushering in something potentially awful.
That was enough to spur some action — a blog!
At the time, the site was called — no kidding — Sophie's Bar Blog. It was intended to serve as a time capsule for Sophie's, a place where I had spent some quality time.
Anyway, as we quickly learned, the bars stayed in the family and are pretty much exactly as they were 13 years ago. (Both Sophie's and Mona's, along with Josie's, are temporarily closed during the Cuomotine.)
After about a month of Sophie's Bar Blog, the site would be retired. But!
Stupid Jeremiah Moss, who somehow found Sophie's Bar Blog, suggested that I keep the site going, concentrating on other closures in the neighborhood.
So 30,000-plus posts later, here we are in year No. 13. It's a good time to thank you for reading the site and sharing the journey ... I'm grateful to everyone who has shared a story, provided an idea, sent in a photo, commiserated over the loss of a favorite place, and so on.
I'm especially thankful to the EVG contributors, such as Derek Berg and Steven, who pass along photos, tips and observations on a near-daily basis. And then there is Stacie Joy, who continues to actively document the businesses and residents of the East Village, bringing to life a special group of people and places through her camera.
At this point, I'm not looking too far into the future, focusing on the here and now. So here's to a happy and healthy holiday season!