Here's a tour of the East Village in 1993, courtesy of local Iggy Pop, who at that time was living in the Christodora House—he had been there three years by the time this was shot (before that, he was in Greenwich Village... vacuuming). As he gives the filmmaker a tour of the neighborhood he talks about some of the things he loves there (like the "nice little cafes," a Chico mural and the better quality graffiti than in the rest of New York, and "oh cool, a cop on horseback"). Watch the full thing below (it's worth it!)—some of the highlights:
On the Psychedelic Church of 9th Street: "I never got that interested in it. There's a guy here who took a Swiss girl, and made her in to soup... he used to go to that church." That would be Daniel Rakowitz, the Butcher of Tompkins Square.
On noise: "Nobody would dare shut you up for making noise, I make as much noise as I want all the time."
On living in a nice apartment: "It gets up a lot of people's tree. But fuck it. What the fuck? I'm not a martyr."
On Pedro's Bakery on 8th and Avenue C: "This is where I eat when my wife's not in town. I come here and get sandwiches and cake and strong coffee. That's what I live on."
Iggy Pop gleefully showing off his Alphabet City neighborhood in 1993. He really is good ol’ James Osterberg in this video, letting his guard down and revealing old fears of authority to the cameraman (who he is obviously very comfortable with). Not only does he show off the hispanic flavor of the area, but he talks about the Jim Jarmusch film he had worked on, Coffee and Cigarettes with Tom Waits.
“There’s a guy here who took a Swiss girl and made her into soup… he used to go to that (the 9th St. psychedelic)church. His dad was a butcher.”