Is an anti-Trump cafe headed for the East Village? It’s COMING SOON, if we’re to believe the signage that has mysteriously appeared at 64 Second Avenue, between East 3rd and 4th Streets. Or maybe it’s just a fakeout along the lines of “NYC’s First Bar for Pregnant Women.”
Actually, we’re 93% sure this is a fakeout. Then again, the New York Times was 93% sure Hillary Clinton would win. Maybe this really will be a Not Our President Café, serving humble pie to pollsters. With a side of sour grapes. If we’re entertaining the thought, it’s because an election-themed restaurant actually did open just a couple of blocks away, even if it closed after three weeks.
Still, this smells about as fishy as the Pope endorsing Donald Trump. For one thing the announcement is hand-painted on a couple of pieces of poster board placed between the security gate and the front window. Above, a canvas banner has been screwed onto the existing awning. An upstairs neighbor told us the signs appeared in recent days, but didn’t know anything about who put them there.
But here’s something: A manager at the storefront’s previous occupant, NYC Velo, a bike shop that moved to a nearby location in March, sounded coy when we asked if he knew anything. “I hate to hit you with a political non-answer, but I can’t officially comment,” he said, declining to give his name.
As the bike shop said when it Instagrammed a photo of this handiwork, “It will be interesting to see this one unfold.”