East Village bird, New York. September 2010.

East Village bird, New York. September 2010.

New York

Walking around East Village on Manhattan’s lower east side is to discover the true history of old New York. The East Village itself is a raw mix of old drugstores and dive bars alongside groovy tattoo shops, hipster ice creameries, vintage punk stores and queues outside David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar. Wrapped around Thompkins Square Park where kind hearted hippies offer free lunches for both the homeless and tourists, dogs exercise and socialise in large fenced off dog runs (the first of their kind on Manhattan) and once a year the anthemic, epic HOWL piece by celebrated local beat poet Allen Ginsberg is roared from an outdoor stage to open the Howl Festival. The East Village is something for everyone, to everyone.

Wandering the hustle and bustle of Alphabet City or following tree-lined one way streets, every turn offers an element of surprise for the wild at heart with eyes wide open. I discovered this mural quietly sitting amongst the late summer trees not far from the peaceful Marble Cemetery.