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Random Stuff I Saw Walking the Streets of New York

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Awhile back I was flown out to New York to shoot a piece for the TV show Good Day New York.  It’s no longer online but I promise it was cool.

Anyways, while walking around I clicked photos of all the strange shit I came across, so I figured I’d share them with you.  Wandering New York is definitely one of the best FREE things you can do in the world.

Women’s bathroom at the BCC

I ended up getting pretty wasted at The Bushwick Country Club and found myself pissing in women’s bathroom.  I’d like to think of this as like a toilet paper cow because it reminds me of udders.  Gentlemen, this is why we will ultimately lose the battle of the sexes.  We can never win against this kind of brilliance.

Sid and Nancy

I know it’s hard to tell because this is such a shitty and blurry picture but these two looked just like Sid and Nancy.  It was kinda unnerving because I was thinking, “hey, aren’t they supposed to be dead?”.  Being that punk is way too much work for me.

Somewhere in the West Village

I found this while walking around the West Village one day and thought it was really pretty.  It looks like a magic doorway where, if you knock the right way and say a password, you will get to pass through and walk into Victorian New York.  Truthfully, if I ever sell out and become a total yuppie, I want you to know that it’s just because I want to own a townhouse in the West Village.  What a lovely neighborhood.

A tiny bag of weed

This is a really tiny bag of shwag weed I found on the street in Williamsburg.  Really, who the hell buys nickel sacks of shitty pot?  I mean, other than me when I was 15.

Done by NYU art students…or maybe Voldemort.

I found this in the window of some NYU art school.  It looked like some kind of Muppet holocaust. Actually, to be more accurate, it looks like Jim Henson’s Workshop was been targeted by Vlad the Impaler.  Who knew the Muppets were so unpopular in Transylvania?

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  1. Joe K
    May 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    The doorway is rad. At first, I thought it was a regular door, but then noticed the creepy cellar underneath. I hope this is either a fight club or speakeasy.

  2. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    May 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    The weird part is that it’s not a doorway at all! It’s just this like thing on the wall. Maybe it was once a doorway that got cemented up. Regardless it’s dope!

  3. emma
    May 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    haha- “or maybe Voldemort”

  4. random girl
    May 12, 2009 at 6:42 am

    free Concerts to go with any found bag of shwag
    The 2009 Good Morning America Summer Concert Series will take place Friday mornings in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (near the park entrance at Fifth Avenue and East 69th Street).

    The shows start at 7:00 A.M., but plan to arrive no later than 6:00 A.M. if you want a decent view. Concerts are free but entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The 2009 Good Morning America Summer Concert Schedule

    FRIDAY, MAY 22– Green Day

    FRIDAY, MAY 29– Lionel Richie

    FRIDAY, JUNE 5 – John Legend

    FRIDAY, JUNE 12 – The Jonas Brothers

    FRIDAY, JUNE 19 – Jamie Foxx

    FRIDAY, JUNE 26 – The cast of the musical “Hair”

    FRIDAY, JULY 3 – Brad Paisley

    FRIDAY, JULY 10 – Queen Latifah

    FRIDAY, JULY 17 – To be announced

    FRIDAY, JULY 24 – To be announced

    FRIDAY, JULY 31 – Kelly Clarkson

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 – To be announced

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 – Kenny Chesney

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 – Reba McEntire

  5. random girl
    May 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I just cut and paste… no sweat! Also for those of you who cant do the early thing…starting next month

    2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival***You have to do this at least once in your life**** Last year they had better titles but hey its free

    The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets (no plastic tarps please) and picnicking.
    The films begin at dusk (typically between 8pm and 9pm).
    15 The Sting
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    22 Breaking Away
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    29 Gold Diggers of 1933
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    6 Dog Day Afternoon
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    13 How Green Was My Valley
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    20 Harold and Maude
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    27 The Defiant Ones
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    3 Kramer vs. Kramer
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    10 The Magnificent Seven
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable
    17 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    5:00pm | The Lawn
    presented by Time Warner Cable

    Throw a blanket down, people watch, have a reason to break out the picnic basket or just a reason to drink cheap wine under the stars. It’s a fun date and cheap:)

  6. Jane
    May 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I love wandering around New York. I do it all the time, usually at night. WV is the same at 4 am as 4pm, but Chinatown gets scary.

  7. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    May 13, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Yup, I’ve wandered Chinatown late at night too. There’s some pretty interesting alleyways there. The great thing about wandering at night in Manhattan, is that there are always things going on and your evening can end in any number of ways.