Showing posts with label East Village street scenes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label East Village street scenes. Show all posts

Friday, December 23, 2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Saturday, July 30, 2022


[Men Sobbing]... as seen at the former Gem Spa space (RIP May 2020) on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place... (and first spotted by @jeremoss! 😍)

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Some happy campers on 10th Street now as NYPD relocates RV

The camper that had been parked on 10th Street east of First Avenue is no longer on the block. 

Updated 11:30 a.m. 

The NYPD explains what happened in a tweet... As noted here, some unhappy residents who lived nearby painted messages outside (and on) the camper late last week with directives such as "move" ... "leave" ... and "Camper time to go."

Those messages remain on the sidewalk.

Photo today by Steven

Friday, February 11, 2022

A message for the camper on 10th Street

Photos by Steven 

You've likely noticed the camper that has been parked on 10th Street just east of First Avenue.

Apparently, people who live nearby have had about enough of the camper. Some messages have arrived outside (H/T simcitymayor!) ...
... and on the camper itself...

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Thursday's parting shot

[Sand zombies?] along Second Avenue today... photo by Derek Berg...


This sleeper sofa has been (abandoned) on the northeast corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street the past few days... ample time for someone to leave some mattressffiti and pillowffiti ... noted!
... and noted...
Photos by Steven...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wednesday's parting shot

Man on some wire today on Seventh Street ... photo by Derek Berg...

About those detailed East Village drawings at the new Trader Joe's on 14th Street

If you've been to the new East Village Trader Joe's that opened early last week, then you've likely noticed the nearly 200 drawings that adorn the store's interior at 436 E. 14th St. near Avenue A.

East Village-based illustrator Peter Arkle created the drawings, which are an appreciation of street scenes and architectural details that he has spotted throughout the neighborhood... from more celebrated sites such as the Cube on Astor Place to the lesser-known features like the water fountain/wash bowl with the bronze figures (circa 1890s) outside the Immaculate Conception Church on 14th Street.

Arkle, who has lived here since 2002, met EVG contributor Stacie Joy last week to look at the work in the store — as well as a few of their real-life locations. (You can do it too if the mood strikes — there's a map in the store with corresponding locations of all the drawings.)

Arkle also answered a few questions about the project ...

How did the invitation to do the artwork at this location come about?

Jon Basalone, the president of Trader Joe’s, approached me at the end of 2018, saying that a new East Village store was opening and asked me if I would like to draw something for it. He knew my work from reading [my Tumblr] Peter Arkle News, which he subscribed to back in 2003.

Did you have carte blanche on the theme for the illustrations? Did Trader Joe's want something East Village related?

Jon was already very familiar with that side of my illustration work. He said I could do anything I liked as long as it had some kind of East Village theme.

Peter Arkle News contains drawings and descriptions of everyday life — things I come across on the street, the subway, in the Post Office or wherever.

How did you decide on what scenes from the East Village to depict?

I decided to walk along every street in the East Village. I started by drawing a map and as I explored each street I would mark it with a red line. It took me about two months to visit every street — walking slowly, looking carefully and trying not to freeze to death as this was during December 2018 and January 2019.

I took photos and made notes. Very quickly I realized that it would be better if I drew things that were more permanent so I focused on sculptures and other architectural details, weird pipes, parts of electrical sub stations that look like robots, etc. This way, people would be able to go out and find them.

I am very happy to have been able to draw lots of those sculpted heads — gargoyles, kings, gods, goddesses, angels and cherubs — that appear on so many East Village buildings. Many of these are crumbling away or being painted over so many times that they are turning into blobs. They need to be celebrated. Many of them are very high up on buildings and hard to see without a zoom lens — it amazes me that so much detail was added by architects in places where it could hardly be seen. Did people have better eyesight back then?

Then what?

When I’d visited the whole East Village I then sat down to select which things to draw. This was not a very mysterious process — I basically chose, in most cases, the things that I would enjoy drawing the most.

By late spring, I had completed a set of 185 small ink drawings. I then scanned these and enlarged them so they could be turned into vinyl transfers to be stuck on the store walls.

[In Village View]

Are these permanent? Or is this a temporary exhibit in the store?

They are permanent — unless Trader Joe gets bored of them. I actually had a dream the night before the store opened that I went to visit and they had painted over all of my drawings with thick green paint because someone had complained.

Hope that doesn’t happen.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Saturday's parting shot

Following the #NoWarInIran rally in Times Square today... photo on Second Avenue via Derek Berg...

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Early Saturday morning street scene

Looking south from 7th and B early today... courtesy of Dave on 7th...

UPDATED 9:46 a.m.

Too bad Dave just missed this...

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday morning street and Park scenes

From 10th and B and Tompkins Square Park this morning... thanks to Vinny & O for the photos...

Also, it's raining. (Should I start a daily weather post?)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Just desserts

There's probably a good reason why there's a discarded figure made from cupcakes, cookies, brownies and doughnuts on 10th Street near Second Avenue this afternoon.

Photo by Lola Saénz ...

Friday, March 1, 2019

Friday's parting shot

[Photo today by Derek Berg]

A scene from the first Kerwin Frost Film Festival today... over at 82 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery... and the lineup... all free, though you'll need to wait in line...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Scenes from a 3rd Street construction zone

East Village-based illustrator Peter Arkle shared this streetscene today from Third Street at Avenue B...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Today in discarded Russian VHS tapes on 2nd Avenue

Derek Berg spotted these on Second Avenue near Fifth Street ... perhaps a marketing tie-in to the new Netflix series "Russian Doll"? (No, but...)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Love is fleeting

Spotted on 11th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C ... photo (and headline!) via Steven...