Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

While we're on the subject of Mars...

Vivienne Gucwa has published a wonderful essay on Mars Bar that is a must-read, especially for anyone trying to get a fix on what it is people are so upset about.  Her photos are beautiful and capture that late-afternoon feeling, when the bar seems to exhale, relishing in that moment of calm before the next wave of chaos comes crashing through the door.

Mars Bar, East Village, New York City 114
photo by Vivienne Gucwa

You can see more of her Mars Bar photos here.

I'm still struggling with the thought of an East Village without Mars.  I stopped in on Christmas Day, expecting it to be filled with sadness and depression, but to my relief, it wasn't at all.  In fact, the bar was full and when I walked in, I was greeted with many familiar smiles and cheerful hellos. 

I think, for me, this marked the last stage of grief in mourning the loss of Mars:  Acceptance.  I'm pretty sure I covered all the other stages in just a few days prior:

Denial - Noooooo!  This can't be happening, there must be a mistake!

Anger - WTF?!  Damn developers!  Does no one care about anything?!  F-ing gentrification, money, greed, Bloomberg, blah blah blah!!

Bargaining - Ok, maybe something can be worked out.  Mars can stay open during construction...we'll just find another nearby bar...if I can just win the lotto, I'll buy the whole lot and leave it as-is.

Depression - Hey, bartender, how about another round?  Keep 'em coming...

AcceptanceMerry Christmas.  Happy New Year.  It's just a room; the patrons and Mars spirit live on, and will always outshine anything that comes to that corner.

Mars Bar in the Afternoon III

If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose.  
--Charles Bukowski

More to come, stay tuned...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ice, ice, baby!

Just as all those snow storms were getting so boring, Mother Nature went and sent us some ice...which she quickly took away just after we went out to play in it.

Anyway, it was fun while it lasted.


Cool ride

Fire escape and icicles

You can see more icy photos here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

89 Clinton Street

As I remember it:

89 Clinton St 

Does anyone else remember it this way?  The door caught my eye every time I walked by.

Google Street View shows how much has changed (that's the same entry, beneath the blue awning):

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