This is a real East Village story.

Yesterday my wife sent me out to get...
No, not milk.
Not bread or eggs.
She said, "Go to Enchantments and get me some High John The Conqueror root".
I went but they were closed.
But being the East Village there was ANOTHER herb/magic store a few doors down.
I went in and asked the girl for the root.
She said that they were out and then I asked what it was for.
She said, "Your wife obviously needs it for a spell".
"A spell?" I asked, "What kind of spell?"
She said, "I'd watch out if I were you".

High John The Conqueror root

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Was that at Flowerpower?
Those girls are witches.
You're lucky you got out of there with your own balls intact.

From Wikipedia:
The plant is known in some areas as bindweed or jalap root. It has a pleasant, earthy odour, but it is a strong laxative if taken internally. It is not used for this purpose in folk magic; it is instead used as one of the parts of a mojo bag. It is typically used in sexual spells of various sorts and it is also considered lucky for gambling.
-So Daddy, Empress is either gonna get you to defecate profusely, or hex your johnson, or run off to the OTB office. But something also tells me she is planning for 'Sister Moon' next month.


Here's the whole entry at:
Magic Root

I especially like the excerpt from the 1961 Willie Dixon song 'Hoochie Koochie Man'.
Poetry reading at ABC NO RIO 1989
Early February. 12 degrees outside
A bulldozer working next door
‘accidentally’ knocks half the
East wall off. There is no heat to
begin with.. Among the
five people there I remember
the monumental J.D. Rage and
Eduardo Arrocha the last
tattooed man at the Coney
Island Freak Show before
it closed. Snow was falling
in the room. I remember
J.D. read this poem where
she said something bad about
God and right then there was
a big roll of thunder outside that
forced us to laugh just
for the warmth.

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That was it Bobby.
And there were these other few extremeists around that would inspire and encourage you too.
Plus hardly any touristas or people just looking for lighthearted entertainment would ever venture in to the zona because it had been abandoned by the cops, was overwhelmed with junky/dealer feeding frenzies in the middle of the street, and there was just this general harshness the beauty of which you kinda had to earn the right to revel in and savour. And the poetry was so whack, so raw, and so unselfconscious. Things were so aw-ful.
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It's kind of become like that hasn't it.
But I kind of like to think of it as the Lower East Side blogging itself through me. One needs to think in terms of how much mayhem and jubilance has been endured. How vividly beautiful are the colors of rat entrails or sharp morning sunlight on the nearly naked bodies of a garden parade. What kind of sublime insanitywisdom flows off the tongue of a delirious neighbor as he collapses in a reverie imposed by HIV cocktails, insulin injections, 65 years of being alive and 98 degree summer heat. The hilarious giggles kept silent behind the piercing smiles on the faces of the old ladies who lead a white frocked virgin through the streets to her first communion. Those old crones still know how to rile all the groins on the block.
But it's not my blog. I'm just a kind of telescope. A kind of codeless drone piloted by a gossiping heart.
In Loisaida there is a path that may be found by the voice upon which spoken words earn a kind of everlasting permanence for the speaker whose immortality becomes part of the continuity of la Raza. Maybe this is not for you to understand in a human way.

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The following indicate a delusion:
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So, SEVEN,

One could imply that you think La Raza is:

1. The person expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force.
2. That idea appears to exert an undue influence on his or her life, and the way of life is often altered to an inexplicable extent.
3. The individual tends to be humorless and oversensitive, especially about the belief.
4. An attempt to contradict the belief is likely to arouse an inappropriately strong emotional reaction, often with irritability and hostility.
5. The person is emotionally over-invested in the idea and it overwhelms other elements of his or her reasoning.
The following features are found:
1. It is a stable disorder characterized by the presence of delusions to which the person clings with extraordinary tenacity.
2. The condition is chronic and frequently lifelong.
3. The delusions are logically constructed and internally consistent.
4. The delusions do not interfere with general logical reasoning (although within the delusional system the logic is perverted) and there is usually no general disturbance of behavior.
5. The individual experiences a heightened sense of self-reference. Events which, to others, are nonsignificant are of enormous significance to him or her, and the atmosphere surrounding the delusions is highly charged.
6. For the deluded, their own beliefs are single-mindedly asserted and imposed as an objective reality for all others.
This is from items on the community board agenda:

WHEREAS, formerly there were PEP, NYPD, and sometimes DEP monitoring, there currently is no enforcement or monitoring; and

WHEREAS, people in this area suffer from abnormal levels of noise pollution every weekend;


The no monitoring claim is just a flat out wild lie. Every single event there has lots of cops in attendance ALWAYS. It is really laughable someone could assert there is no monitoring.

And, what the fuck is "abnormal levels of noise pollution"? Abnormal? Every weekend? Like, whenever the park fills up with people it is an abnormal condition?

Has anyone who actually lives on the block of E. 7th across from the park authored the resolution to stop concerts in the park? If not, then the initiative is based on a lie. But politics, even micro/local politics is frequently built of lies, and I'm not telling anyone anything new by saying so. So let's all first defend the neighborhood from the lies.

If someone wants to complain about the biggest source of noise in the park, fact is, the most routine, frequent, on-going, persistent source of noise in the park is families with children who get concentrated in the enclosed playground areas. This source of noise is everyday and peaks after 3PM when local schools let out. How come no one is complaining about the families with children who cause the most routine and persistent noise in the park? The concerts and other large public events in the park are insignificant sources of noise compared to the families with children.

The park is actually administered and controlled in a quite rational and reasonable way (by NYC standards) at the current time. Currently, there is an acceptable level of tolerance by the authorities most of the time.

The antisocial factor in this situation is the person, or few persons, who are instigating the move to attack the social well-being created by the park as it is currently administered and run. Apparently, Scrouge doesn't sit in the park sucking on a lemon, but does their ill will towards the rest of humanity from a seat on the very community board charged with protecting civility. Typical New York, forever attacking itself.

I'm heading over to the park now. To play my drum. For which, once, years ago, I was written a civil summons when a wealthy resident who lives on B collared a cop and literally forced her to cite me. This was done while the bus stood fifty feet away, and a lot closer to the rich person's apartment, making eight times more noise than my drum. And it took the cop plus eight of her co-workers AND a Lieutenant, over ten minutes to find the correct serial number for the particular infraction I was being cited for so they could actually fill out the summons. Seems the history of reasonable, rational tolerance in the park was not going to be tolerated anymore.
Ishmael Reed (founder of The East Village Other c. 1962) causing a ruckus at Tribes on 3rd below C.
"The mainstream press pumped up Warhol and the Velvet Underground as a way to wash out the East Village."
"Multiculturalism was disappeared by the popularizers."
"A play is an ancient way to talk back to society."
"Palin's book is the first book written by someone who can't read."
" A Nigger Breaker was a specialist the plantation brought in to take down a slave who couldn't be tamed, the purpose of the prisons we now have is to do this."

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Can there be better news for the holidaze? And I LOVE the concept of the "Hipster Vatican"..

quote:


East Village bohemian snobs drive out the frat boys, from NY Post

"So, what brand of humanity is considered undignified to a guy who spends his days shepherding the underclass?

Frat boys. Solid men in Big Ten regalia. Business types who spent their college years learning about balance sheets instead of transgressive modes of self-actualization. To these, the East Village can be as intolerant as a monocle-wearing English aristocrat from a P.G. Wodehouse novel, gazing down upon the polloi and pronouncing them a little too hoi. As Sarah Laskow put it on the website, the patrons were “not some group of characters out of an old Lou Reed song, so much as the group of characters you’d find on Bourbon Street, or worse, North Avenue in White Plains. There was some irony in the marketing of Superdive, but not much.”


http://bit.ly/fU9fFr

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lol
I was about one day away from posting a photo of the "FOR SALE -fully equiped and licensed bar" sign on the front of Hatches' and Mr. Joe's pre Superdive establishment. Hilarious it ran as a slob bar while Community Board 3 had it on record as being a bookstore !
The commercial rents on the first four blocks south of 14th Street are so stupid nothing stays in business there for more than one or two years except the funeral parlor. Maybe there should be a funeral parlor for dead Avenue A businesses bled dry by sharky landlords.

Leave the gun, bring 'takoyaki': East Village

This is an actual headline to a 'news' story about Japanese food in the EV from a major Japanese daily newspaper, Japan Times. It says a lot bout what the rest of the world sees as being typical American culture.
I went to WILD PROJECT twice this week and both shows, Crazy and Amaaaazzzzzing!!! (I'm sorry about my poor writing that isn't good enough to express how great they were.. I hope someone post about those shows..) That's what should be happening in EV... but, I know how rare such experience is these days    Especially Rob Roth's & Amber Domination's NIGHTVISION, I got a feeling that it is gonna be more than I expected when I was heading to the venue in the ice rain, and yes, that was something so--- worth going through ice rain or spike rain! Ice rain was actually matching, like opening act of the show in fact .
BTW, I wanted to check out that ICE CAR on 2ave & 2st but, couldn't see anything in snow...
Just passed so many "ice cars" on our walk around EV / St. Marks Church. On the 10th street side of the church towards 3rd avenue it seemed like alot of BIG tree branches came down, or several trees. Hope no-one was underneath..EV is still incredibly pretty though as long as you don't look down!
that is just disgusting.   so upsetting to hear about.  I hope he finds a buyer who will let him stay.  On this same topic, the rent laws which protect tenants from being evicted in situations like this expire on June 15th.   It's critical that they are renewed and strengthened to prevent more tenenats from this kind of situation.
Well, Canon has survived a few of these situations at Tribes. The situation it is in now leaves a lot of interpretive options legally because the landlady did accept his recent rent payments, it could be interpreted as a 'constructive' contract ( in legal jargon - essentially standing as a contract in every sense except for not actually existing in writing ). But I'm not a real estate court judge so who knows. I doubt anyone or group is going to come up with nearly 3 million during this time period to save the place. And if it does come to pass it will end up being way more of an institution -think of what happened to ABC NO RIO once it got essentially complete control of its own building from the city, it is still there as a 'community' cultural center but it is not much like it was prior to the change in the ownership status away from the city's oversight. Anywy, somehow, I don't think Tribes is gonna vanish very soon. But it still is completely disgusting Tribes has got caught up in this situation. Any self-appointed real estate wheeler-dealer who would attend even a few events at Tribes would see it is a place that is completely necessary to preserve. You'd have to be totally ignorant to be indifferent to what goes on there on any given day.
Originally Posted by Lily of the Valley:
that is just disgusting.   so upsetting to hear about.  I hope he finds a buyer who will let him stay.  On this same topic, the rent laws which protect tenants from being evicted in situations like this expire on June 15th.   It's critical that they are renewed and strengthened to prevent more tenenats from this kind of situation.
Lil, if you have info going forward on any rent law actions or demos either online or RW please post them in this forum. Thanks. As 95% of my favorite EV neighbors are longtime renters, of course this issue matters tremendously to myself and many others.
Here's a letter from Mr. Canon sent to his email blast list with a current update:

A Gathering of the Tribes         

 

Say folks,

Here's the situation, read it and weep: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/nyregion/07tribes.html

 Because of the situation I find myself in, and I'm certainly not going to get my eyesight back anytime soon, I need your help.

 Since selling this building to Lorraine Zhang, I have found that she has no idea how to manage this property here in NYC.  She seems to have found herself in an awful lot of debt.  

 With your help, I was hoping you might know anyone with deep pockets or charitable organizations that might help me with repossessing the building to place it under new management.  

 I've owned the building for over 40 years and in the process, lost my eyesight, and currently have nobody around to manage the property.  I'll need someone to manage the property properly.

If you know anyone that might be able to help with this current crisis here, please forward this email to them.

For the last 20 years, for the most part I, Steve Cannon, have been financing Tribes myself.  2/3 on my own, and 1/3 funding

The total loss in running Tribes since opening is well over a million dollars, if not more.  Since Lorraine has proven incapable of keeping up with the bills of the property (tax, mortgage, bills, etc.), she finds that she's had to put it on the market.

What I'd like to do is to rent the other spaces out to artists.  Have them pay a maintenance fee...  And find a philanthropist or charity to pay off the mortgage.  I need your help in this search and if you know someone who can help, let me know. The discrepancy between rich and poor is ever widening in the nation, and artists are among the people who suffer most. For over 20 years, Tribes has sought to help emergent and established artists pursue their calling in the arts, and I should like to keep it that way.

If you have any questions, please give me a call:  212-674-8262

For more info about Tribes, check out www.tribes.org. We're also on Flickr, Youtube, MySpace and Facebook.   

Love you madly,
Steve

 

The latest on Tribes.....

TWO BOOTS TO HOLD "SAVE THE TRIBES DAY" ON APRIL 26,
 DONATING ALL PROCEEDS OF THE DAY'S PIZZA SALES
 TO A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES
 
 A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES WILL HOST
 OPEN MIC FUNDRAISER THAT EVENING
 AT ITS THREATENED LONGTIME HOME
 
 On April 26, Two Boots Pizza will hold Save the Tribes Day, in which it will
donate all proceeds of the day's pizza sales -- from all 7 of its Manhattan tores --  to A Gathering of the Tribes. The Lower East Side arts
 institution founded 20 years ago by poet, playwright and novelist Steve
 Cannon is on the brink of losing its longtime home at  285 East 3rd St., as
 the building is up for sale.
 
 Culminating Save the Tribes Day, in connection with National Poetry Month,
 Tribes will host an open mic musical performance and poetry reading with
 special guests at 6:00 P.M. Admission is $5 and can be purchased at the
 door.
 
 Steve Cannon bought the building housing A Gathering of the Tribes in 1970
 and sold it in 2004 to help finance the organization's programming. He has
 since paid rent to continue occupying the space, but recently found out that the building is being sold. So many of the artists, poets and musicians
 whose careers have been nurtured by Tribes - along with neighbors such as
 Two Boots - are rallying to help the organization keep its home. You can
 read more about the situation here:
 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/nyregion/07tribes.html About A Gathering of the Tribes

Originally Posted by Chi Chi:

Represent! World's most wanted hacker living in the Riis Houses on Avenue D

 

http://evgrieve.com/2012/03/re...ed-hacker-lived.html

Vast amounts of money, time and effort are wasted combating these criminals. The costs are enormous and result in lost productivity and employment. It takes up a significant amount of my time that would be better spent serving my customers.

The authorities need to squeeze my block in to the historic district. The gas station on the corner, right next to my building, was just sold for 8 million to developers who know the parcel has been pre-approved for 43,000 square feet of residential development -which must mean, like, a 12 storey building. Within the week the building I live in had its appraised value jump by 2 million dollars !

Right next to me is the Petite Versailles garden and two buildings down from that the building there was sold about two months ago to a developer who scammed rights to re-do it as upscale apartments and also got a code variance to add a luxury penthouse to the top of the building. If you like the oasis of the Petite Versailles you better start spending all the time you can in it now cause it will probably be the object of a court fight in the not too distant future. I'm going to apply to have my building designated as a historic landmark shooting gallery.

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