Some may thing that leopard, zebra, Elvis, crystals and flower paintings are gaudy, but I think together they are a little slice of heaven. Add in about twenty or so sculptures and miscellaneous thrift store paintings, and you’ve got the spirit of the East Village- Yaffa Cafe.
When the cafe first opened in 1983, St. Marks was a total shit hole, with abandoned store fronts and homeless people living in the yards on the street. The opening of Yaffa was the catalyst that changed the street, attracting an arty crowd and spurring other cafes to open on the block.
Its one of the only places left that has the old punk/bohemian East village vibe, I imagine wild nights, club kids, and hot trannies talking into the wee hours after a night at Danceteria.
What: Yaffa Cafe
Where: 97 St Marks Pl New York, NY 10009
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