Showing posts with label I Need More. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I Need More. Show all posts

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Quest to co-name part of St. Mark's Place after Jimmy Webb continues

As we first reported on Oct. 5, there's an ongoing campaign to co-name part of St. Mark's Place after the late Jimmy Webb. 

The online petition is nearing 4,500 signatures, including Jimmy's friend Slash from Guns N' Roses. 

Tomorrow (Sunday!), employees from Webb's former boutique, I Need More, will be on St. Mark's Place to collect more signatures to co-name the block between Second Avenue and Third Avenue Jimmy Webb Place 

Webb, a familiar figure in the East Village during his long tenure as the manager and buyer at Trash & Vaudeville, died on April 14 of cancer. He was 62. 

He started working at his dream destination, Trash & Vaudeville, in 1999, and remained there until the shop relocated from 4 St. Mark's Place to Seventh Street in 2016.  He opened I Need More on Orchard Street in October 2017. That store closed this past summer.

The process of co-naming a street within the confines of Community Board 3 is explained on this PDF.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Last day for I Need More


[Leticia and Eddy]

In case you missed our post from Saturday... today is the last day for I Need More, the late Jimmy Webb's rock 'n' roll boutique on Orchard Street...



We stopped by over the weekend, and it was surprisingly upbeat... there were still several items for sale — including the original I Need More t-shirts (though just xs remain as of today) ... EVG contributor Stacie Joy spotted Raven a.k.a. Seaton Hancock from Murphy's Law at the shop...



The store is expected to be open today from noon to 6 p.m. or so, but you may want to call ahead before trekking down to 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. While you're on Orchard Street, check out the rock-vintage goods across the street at The Cast.

Webb, who opened I Need More in October 2017, died on April 14 of cancer. He was 62.

Previously on EV Grieve:
The final days at I Need More, the late Jimmy Webb's rock 'n' roll boutique on the LES

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The final days at I Need More, the late Jimmy Webb's rock 'n' roll boutique on the LES



Text and photos by Stacie Joy

I Need More, the rock 'n' roll boutique that Jimmy Webb owned and operated on Orchard Street, closes Monday after three-plus years. The store announced their closure in an Instagram post last month.

Webb, who opened I Need More in October 2017, died on April 14 of cancer. He was 62.

I stopped by to speak with Eddy, the manager, about Jimmy, the store's last days and the future.



"We want people to come by, reminisce and talk about Jimmy: laugh, cry, dance ... to be happy," he said. "Even though Jimmy's gone and the store will soon be gone, he will live on in the spirit. The rock 'n' roll spirit. Jimmy lived his life to the fullest, living out his dream. He was a fighter and would say that he had a great life. Whenever I am lost I ask myself, WWJD? What would Jimmy do? He would say, 'Keep your pants tight. If the clothes aren't tight, it's not rock-n-roll!'"










[A look in the now-closed basement]

One much-requested item that sold out immediately online is the original I Need More T-shirt design. Eddy's says it will be back in stock and available only for in-person purchase and pick up at the store, starting today (Saturday!) at around 1 p.m. Sizes available include unisex or men's cut from sizes xs to xxl and women's cut from xs to large.





All other merchandise is discounted steeply right now and Eddy hopes to sell much of it prior to Monday’s closing.

Curious about what will happen to the cement footprints, handprints and autographs? Eddy says there are currently no plans in place to sell them or remove them, that the store needs to "pack up and leave ASAP, that the autographs will stay and the next tenants will be very lucky."

He says if anyone in interested in purchasing these items, or the Slash drawing on the bar, they should contact him and he'll put them in touch with Jimmy's estate. (Slash, the guitarist for Guns N' Roses, was a longtime friend and supporter.)







In early 2020, the shop hosted a "Footprints in February" celebration, in which Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop put their handprints, footprints and autographs in concrete on the floor of I Need More...











While I was there drummer and tattoo artist Bob Nelson of Five Points Tattoo dropped by to talk about Jimmy and pick up some remaining bullet belts.



Store hours are extended, currently through Monday's closing date, noon until 6 p.m., possibly 7 p.m. if there's a need. I Need More is at 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand.



Friday, June 19, 2020

I Need More will close next month


[Photo from 2017 for EVG by Walter Wlodarczyk]

I Need More, the rock 'n' roll boutique that Jimmy Webb owned and operated on Orchard Street, will close next month after three-plus years the shop announced this week.

Webb, once referred to as "punk rock's unofficial shopkeeper" during his tenure at Trash & Vaudeville on St. Mark's Place, died on April 14 of cancer. He was 62.

The store is currently open, through July, for curbside pickup from noon to 4 p.m.

Here's their closing notice...

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I NEED MORE Will Always Be A Rock N Roll Clothing Store That is All About The Spirit Of New York City … Past, Present And Future !!! It Was Conceived Within The Heart And Birthed On The Essence Of Art, Music, Freedom And Everything Else That Colors The World !!! : ) With That Being Said ... We’re Taking Our Final Bow ... Closing Up the Shop Late July πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• We Want to Thank You for Brightening Up Our Lives for the Last Two and Half Years and Being a Part of Jimmy’s Baby !!! As Jimmy Would Say “SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA JUMP UP AND SIT BESIDE THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE THAT HAVE NOT ONLY GRACED YOUR LIFE BUT SHARED THEIR SPECIAL GIFT WITH THE WORLD AND CREATED HISTORY !!!” πŸ’• I Need More is Everything That’s Real, Raw, Energetic, Welcoming, Passionate, Dirty, Beautiful and Most of All ... Honest ... And We Hope You Keep That Spirit Alive !!! : ) #WeLiveRockNRollForever πŸ’•πŸ’• P.S. As a Final Gift to You All We Are Offering a 20-50% Off Sale on All Online Items !!! πŸ’•πŸ’• xxx, The I Need More Team @rudeinblaq @axlvalentine @leticiaisnothere @chynagay

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In what turned out to be a last hurrah in late February, the shop hosted a “Footprints in February” celebration, in which Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop put their handprints, footprints and autographs in concrete on the floor of I Need More...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

RIP Jimmy Webb


[Photo for EVG by Walter Wlodarczyk]

Word is circulating that Jimmy Webb, a familiar figure in the East Village during his long tenure as the manager and buyer at Trash & Vaudeville, has died of cancer. He was in his early 60s, friends say. (An official statement about his death has not yet been issued.)

Webb, once referred to as "punk rock's unofficial shopkeeper," counted everyone from Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry to Slash and Duff McKagan from Guns N' Roses as friends. Most recently, he owned and operated the rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More on Orchard Street.

Here's more on Webb's past via a New York Times feature from 2013:

“I’m from a hillbilly town upstate where they hunt deer,” he said. “We walked to the creek with Boone’s Farm a friend’s older sister bought us and listened to ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ on a transistor radio.”

Lou Reed’s 1972 ode to hustlers, transsexuals and transsexual hustlers would alter Mr. Webb’s life. “A friend asked, ‘Do you know what it means?’ ” he recalled. “I did without knowing it. I knew I was a boy that had to leave to go somewhere.”

At 16, he ran away to New York with a pillowcase full of clothes. It was 1975. “Coming into Trash and Vaudeville my first time, I knew I’d found a home and I wasn’t crazy,” he said.

At first, Mr. Webb worked as a bar-back in a gay establishment on the Upper West Side at the height of the neighborhood’s Needle Park infamy, attended hair school (he flunked grandiosely) and was a regular at CBGB. He fell into heroin addiction for 20 years and lived in Tompkins Square Park, eventually returning upstate.

“It got worse before it got better,” he said. “They thought I was going to die. After rebuilding my body and spirit, I wanted to go back to the city I loved.”

He started working at his dream destination, Trash & Vaudeville, in 1999, and remained there until the shop relocated from St. Mark's Place to Seventh Street in 2016.


[Photo from 2013 by James Maher]

There are many tributes to Webb on Instagram. A sampling:






Webb eventually opened I Need More in October 2017.

In an interview with EVG prior to the launch, he talked about why he decided to open his shop on the Lower East Side.

I didn’t pick the Lower East Side, or any special place for I Need More. I was very open to where the rock 'n' roll angels were leading me when I finally decided to open a store ... Loving all of New York City I was very open to anywhere in Manhattan. My heart and spirit is in ALL of New York City.

Of course the Lower East Side is a HUGE part of my life since I ran away and arrived in the city in 1975. So I wasn’t the least bit surprised when that second batch of angels ended up leading me right to 75 Orchard Street — 75A in fact! How cool is that? I take that leap of faith and run away to New York City in 1975 as a 16-year-old boy. Decades later another leap of faith leaving everything I know and ending up at 75A Orchard Street.

In late February, the shop hosted a “Footprints in February” celebration, in which Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop put their handprints, footprints and autographs in concrete on the floor of I Need More.

His exuberant, all-cap writing style on Instagram posts captured his love of rock 'n' roll and the people who are part of it ...


Previously on EV Grieve:
Jimmy Webb will make dreams come true with new rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday's parting shot



Borrowing this shot from the I Need More Instagram feed... Here's Jimmy Webb, owner of the rock 'n' roll boutique at 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand, with a new life-sized photo of Lou Reed in the shop.

The photo of Reed is by Michael Zagaris.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Jimmy Webb will make dreams come true with new rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jimmy Webb will make dreams come true with new rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More


[Photo of Jimmy Webb for EVG by Walter Wlodarczyk]

Jimmy Webb, a familiar figure in the East Village during his long tenure as the manager and buyer at Trash & Vaudeville, is opening a rock 'n'roll boutique next month on the Lower East Side at 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. Webb gave me a quick overview about the shop, called I Need More, which opens on Oct. 13.

Why did you decide to return to the retail business?
What else would I do? In my heart I never really left.

I’ve never really looked as myself as a seller of anything or even as someone in the retail business. What I do is I make dreams come true and I love doing it! I simply find what’s inside people, I help bring it out, and then I help them dress it up! I guess that’s the retail business, but the word "business" sounds so disconnected from "dream maker," and I’d rather make "dreams come true!"

Why did you pick the Lower East Side for the shop?
I didn’t pick the Lower East Side, or any special place for I Need More. I was very open to where the rock 'n' roll angels were leading me when I finally decided to open a store. A certain group of friends, I call them angels, guided me to the clarity that I needed to open a brick-and-mortar store. Loving all of New York City I was very open to anywhere in Manhattan. My heart and spirit is in ALL of New York City.

Of course the Lower East Side is a HUGE part of my life since I ran away and arrived in the city in 1975. So I wasn’t the least bit surprised when that second batch of angels ended up leading me right to 75 Orchard Street — 75A in fact! How cool is that? I take that leap of faith and run away to New York City in 1975 as a 16-year-old boy. Decades later another leap of faith leaving everything I know and ending up at 75A Orchard Street.

What can people expect from I Need More?
It’s about the spirit of New York City — past, present and future, And also the spirit of what art, music, and everything else that colors the world! It will be about everything that is real, raw, energetic, welcoming, passionate, dirty, beautiful and most of all — honest!

I’m a firm believer in "we are the future.” That "no future” pessimism doesn’t cut it with me. Like Joey Ramone singing “What a Wonderful World” or Iggy singing every song that Iggy sings. I Need More aims to please with every heartbeat within it. It’s here to make dreams come true.

Thanks to Walter Wlodarczyk for the photo. Find more of his work here.