While having some beef stew at This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef (which is probably my favorite $3 meal in the East Village right now, pair it with the fries if you're feeling like - literally - living large) something struck me as different across the street. Could it really be that PS 122 no longer had scaffolding at it's front?
The scaffolding has always been a sort of milestone for me while walking up or down First Avenue, setting off a 'ping' in my mind: "You're now at Ninth Street". My nostalgia though is nonexistent as it's also always been a blight, although it did serve the purpose of protecting from the elements when waiting for shows at PS 122.
Whatever purposes the frame held seems to be achieved and PS 122 looks "complete" (if a little dull). More amazing to me is the staying power of the tree out front that has survived the scaffolding and the abuse of passersby for years.