Friday, November 27, 2009


Pizza Making a Comeback at Ray's ?


Thanksgiving Leftovers In Tompkins Square Park and Cochise Has a Holiday Beer On Avenue A

Thursday, November 26, 2009


One Night at Ray's Candy Store ...

Marlene (a.k.a. Hot Dog)

Jim , Anthony and O.D. (a.k.a. Over Dose and Ohrman Davis)

Richie Snoozes at Leshko's

Anthony "The Nazi" and John "The Communist"

Anthony and Lawrence


This summer night in 1996 the cast of characters at Ray's was much the same as it would be today . Anthony and O.D are deceased but all the others regularly visit Ray's today .
We don't recollect much of the detail of this evening but it seems to have been a typical evening . Lawrence has pronounced on his revelations having said something to turn a crowd against him . The police are making an arrest and Anthony "the Nazi" and John "the Communist" are drinking together again .
Anthony was the real thing , a real Nazi . He also claimed to be a Republican . Anthony owned a small video library of Adolf Hitler speeches . Anthony studied these video tapes and practiced speaking as the Fuhrer did . He often performed a Hitler speech on avenue A ,in English , with all the appropriate gesticulation .He was occasionally beaten by neighborhood folks for his Fuhrer performances .We also note that a couple of years later Mordecai Levy of the Jewish Defense Organization came to the East Village looking for Anthony and his Nazi associates .
Finally we note that those holding coffee cups are not drinking coffee . In these distant times Ray unlawfully sold 40 ouncers of Bud , Balantine , Heineken and Rhinegold .

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Avenue A Window Display

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


On the Tuesday Morning Sidewalk



Monday, November 23, 2009


Sunday Evening at Ray's Candy Store


L.E.S. Jewels , Emil and Cobra ; White Folks on Avenue B and All the Usual Saturday Night Things ....

Early Saturday evening L.E.S. Jewels , sitting on Joanie's bicycle , said that though he was "gettin' a buzz on" he hadn't had a drink for 2 weeks . He claimed that he had been busy looking for a job ; that he was trying to turn it all around . Well , Jewels started with a Cobra this early Saturday evening and Emil , who was already many hours ago launched , just kept floatin' along wrappin' his lips around what ever floated by .This time it was Cobra for the 2 of them .
Jewels apparently spent a long and busy Saturday night . At 5 in the morning one of the Mars Bar bartenders told us that the Mars Bar staff had expelled Jewels 8 times during the evening . We were told that as the bar was being locked up , Jewels was still asking why he couldn't come in and drink .
In another reality on the other side of Tompkins Square Park a very orderly line of white folks walked quietly from Tompkins Square Park to avenue B and then up the avenue . We have no idea why they were all so white and quiet .
Things on St Marks Place were as usual , folks drinking , screaming and wearing unusual head gear .Much the same on avenue A .

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Spidey Gets His Rickshaw Back ...

Spidey has his rickshaw in hand again . He had stepped into Lucy's on avenue a for a brief few minutes . He left his rickshaw unattended and unsecured . Thieves saw their opportunity and took Spidey's rickshaw for a run .
Spidey rode around the neighborhood in a cab for a while looking for his rickshaw . Then later while riding the hood on a borrowed bicycle he received a phone call from someone that had spotted the rickshaw . The rickshaw had been abandoned by the thieves and left sitting 2 blocks from Lucy's at 11th street and avenue A .


Spidey's Rickshaw Stolen Around 3 AM Sunday Morning in East Village

Above picture from a previous post

Sunday morning in the East village thieves made off with Spidey's rickshaw . We don't know much right now about the event but we did speak briefly with Spidey on avenue A just be before he ran off down avenue A on a lead offered by some folks passing in a taxi cab.
We are heading back to the street to follow up on this story .

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