I was having coffee in the East Village with a friend when he let it slip that he had been on a reality TV show. He was rather casual about it until I reminded him that I was from the Midwest and he doesn’t have to pull that blasé New York bullshit with me. He then spoke about it excitedly but in a low voice so that the other customers wouldn’t know he enjoyed it. From what I gathered it was similar to project runway but with hair styles.
“Where can I see this show?”
“It’s still playing in Sweden.”
While I’m interested in seeing my friend on this show I’m not ‘travel to Sweden’ interested and so I had to make do with youtube. It’s true. But that isn’t really what I want to talk about.
As we were leaving Yaffa Café on St. Marks Place he pointed to the building across the street. “That’s where the Rolling Stone video Waiting on a Friend was shot.”
“Woooo back up. You wasted my time with your bullshit reality show talk when all the while we’ve been sitting across from the stoop from “Waiting on a Friend.” “
“It’s also the building used in the album cover for Physical Graffiti for Led Zeplin” he said “and Jeff Buckley used to perform down the street”
“You could do tours of New York- focusing on the East Village” I said wondering how I could get a cut of that action.
“Alan Ginsburg lived in my building”
“Jesus dude you’re sitting on a goldmine!”
“It was just in my building, not my apartment.” He lamented.
They don’t have to know that- charge people to tour your apartment. We’ll scribble some “original” verses of “Howl” on the wall.
I told him of my plan to charge people money to bathe in the bathtub Jim Morrison was found dead.
Who wouldn’t pay $1,000 dollars to smoke a joint in and that tub? He asked
I feel as though I found a kindred spirit.
Looking for a justification I tried to put a philosophical
“It doesn’t matter if it’s true, people will think it is- which is a form of truth in itself.”
“That’s true… or a form of truth. It’s almost like performance art”
“It’s exactly like performance art!” I cried. “At least that’s what we’ll say if there’s an inquiry.”
We got quiet for a moment while I snapped a photo of the building.
“…but this really is the “Waiting On A Friend Building, right?” I asked
“I think so.”