Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Frat-Style Hijinks

Two frat-tastic events converged this weekend at the Village Pour House: "Wacky urban adventure" the Great Urban Race, plus! An actual toga party.

Here come some Urban Racers, hurrying off across campus to find their next fun clue!

There go a couple of girls in togas, having had their fill of Pour House brewskies!

And here they are together--converging! The urban racers are racing. The toga dude is on his cell phone in the middle of the street. Who said the East Village wasn't a kick-ass party zone?

But it's nothing compared to Flushing. Coincidentally, this past weekend, hipsters had a toga bash of their own at the Queens Museum--only theirs was an art party--complete with fruit-throwing, boat-burning, and partial nudity. Interestingly, this article in the Daily News profiles both the frat/sorority kids and the hipster kids in their mutual desire to recreate the security and fun of college life here in the big city.

It's starting to look a lot like Animal House around here.


Anonymous said...

Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.

There is a little-known codicil in the East Village constitution which gives the bloggers unlimited power to preserve order in time of campus emergency.

EV Grieve said...

I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.

[Uh, in keeping with the Animal House theme]

Anyway, I remember when people moved here (or came here for a night out) to be part of a special neighborhood, not to take it over. People adapted to the neighborhood; the neighborhood didn't have to adapt to them.

Bowery Boogie said...

ha. well done anon 8:33.

the East Village is now on double-secret probation.

c.o. moed said...

reason number 18 why I don't leave the house.

reason number 19 why I schlep to Inwood and cute guy on weekends

reason number 20 I look forward to bad weather

reason number 21 why any offspring of mine will be forced to go to City College just like Grampa, Auntie and me. (oh wait I have no children. BUT IF I DID....)

Anonymous said...

I have bitter hatred for these people.

KnicksBasketballNY said...

I blame MTV, HBO, CBS, ABC and NBC.

Every single one of those disgusting networks have produced programming (especially in the past 10 years) that have made urban living fashionable to JOSH and MEGAN back in the midwest.

Not only is it now safer than ever but it is also now possible to enjoy extended playdates/vacations IN THE CITY while mommy and daddy cover the expenses.

It must be nice for all of these attention whores to be able to flaunt their exhibitions of fun as they walk by all of the hard working natives.

Hard working natives on their way to their full time jobs because they have rents and bills to pay.

But every single day more JOSH and MEGANS keep arriving into town.

Back in the midwest more JOSH and MEGANS are eagerly anticipating their opportunity to type in the words NEW YORK CITY as their location on their myspace and facebook pages.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the Manhattan of Holly Golightly?

Alana said...

I think the Manhattan of Holly Golightly is suffering through a severe case of the "mean reds"

JackS said...

Well, there also used to be a Manhattan of balance where the comedic geniuses of National Lampoon could thrive and create great comedy... Like “Animal House” which is a great movie that has been forever tainted by the OCD conformity-based rebellion of real-world contemporary frat houses.

That sounds all egg-headed but basically: Manhattan and NYC used to be a balance between all aspects of life. And the Village was truly an eclectic mix. Now what is it? One big NYU dorm filled with folks who are proud to never leave the Village and who STILL see places like Brooklyn as “scary.”

I so, so, so, so miss the Village of the early 1980s and even 1970s. Going to Saint Marks nowadays is depressing.

Still... Here’s a tangent... Why is Saint Marks Sounds (the record shop) still around? I’d appreciate a mini-history on them.

Anonymous said...

Alana, think you hit it! Time to have lunch with Sally Tomato's lawyer at the Primeburger. He'll say NYC's weather report for today is: GRIM!

Anonymous said...

...this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part...

EV residents could occupy NYU buildings and demand, um, a Free Education for Every Citizen of NYU Village! If we have to put up with this shit, we want our kids to go to school for free, or something like that. I suspect EV civilians outnumber Team NYU, though that may not last. Regardless, I think we can handle a building occupation better than the New School kidz and, hey, we've got some heavy post-Animal House action--stroller moms, 60 year old hipsters, freaking crusties, and all the guys who hang out at the Turkish kabob buffet place on 1st Ave. I think we're an even match for a bunch of NYU admin geeks in any Animal House-style cross village action.

...People adapted to the neighborhood; the neighborhood didn't have to adapt to them...

That's not true all around but it's true enough. It's also played out on the macro level--the recent large scale development, not to mention on-going large scale NYU development, has quickly put a stamp on the neighborhood. A few years ago, some of the development/changes were neighborhood specific, if not always neighborhood friendly--the Ukrainian museum, the Cooper dorm over St. Marks, various renovations of older buildings, neighborhood gardens, etc. The only recent project that seems like a general improvement to our quality of life is the new Cooper classroom building and maybe the Tomkins Sq. farmer's market, and even those you can easily imagine in, oh, Red Hook.