Walking New York

A fat lazy idiot tries to walk every street in Manhattan.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Day 18 Photos - Food, St. Marks, Arches, Bikes

Looking west on St. Marks from where it ends, at Avenue A (Tompkins Square Park)

Tattoo parlor on St. Marks with a name that seems like the result of a miscommunication with the sign company

More exciting times to come when this automat opens in August on St. Marks and 2nd Avenue. For those of you under 80 who haven't seen Dark City, an automat is a big wall of clear windows with little doors, like a stack of mini-dryers. And inside the dryer doors is various food, which according to this place's website, will include mac and cheese, grilled cheese, hot dogs, pizza, chicken strips, and more. You can only open the doors after putting change into a slot next to the one you want. Think of it as a big vending machine with fresher, hot food. My opinion on the idea is that it could work from a convenience standpoint, but there's no way that any of the individual food can be as good as other local options. Like maybe it'll have decent hot dogs, but I can't imagine it being as good as other East Village options. And maybe the mac and cheese will be okay, but there's S'Mac right down the street. And pizza? Come on. So while I'm willing to give it a try just to feel like an old movie character, I don't see it lasting very long. I think it took over the New York Milkshake Company's spot, which may sound disappointing, but the milkshakes were just mediocre and way overpriced. So bring on the change machines, I guess.

Speaking of cheap food, it was garbage day at the healthiest place on earth, the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/Krispy Kreme on 14th and University Place.

The order of these pictures is working nicely. It's like, you're walking on St. Marks, see the automat, but it's not open yet, so you eat at the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/Krispy Kreme, getting the combo #1 (2 tacos, 2 pizzas, 2 donuts), and you end up here, a small random graveyard on 21st St. around 6th Ave.

Breaking away from the food theme, I passed this really nice arched entranceway to a building on 5th Avenue around 19th Street.

Down 5th Avenue about 10 blocks is another arch, at the entrance to Washington Square Park.

This sign reminded me of the controversy surrounding the Neistat Brothers after their prank-gone-wrong on some horrible FOX NY morning show caused one of those nice plastic anchorwomen to freak out. The reason they were on the show is this video on how easy it is to steal a bike in New York.


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