Mass Suicide on the Upper East

So, late last summer, the UES was papered with these tracts by our dear Pastor of New Jerusalem, Tony Alamo. The theses point to the coming apocalyse resulting from the church and government being co-opted by Satan (he does have a point). UFO sighting are also a message of the impending apocalypse. He first found his church after seeking to become a musician in Hollywood. However his entertaining skills have served him well in spreading his message, especially in his televised broadcasts through the seventies and eighties. They gathered a support base after passing out their fliers to the lost of Los Angeles and grew to one of the larger congregations. Unfortunately, life as a beacon of the light of truth has been a rough, but rewarding road for Alamo. Among being imprisoned for tax evasion, child abuse, losing custody over his children and the public fight over his wife’s body. He prefered to have his dead wife in a mausolem in his house awaiting her resurrection a la Lazarus. In the end, it was forced to be buried in Arkansas. Whatever hard times he went through, it seems that he still retains a loyal base as they choose to distribute his texts in the areas that frequently need spiritual guidance the most.

Information on Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministry can be found at

by C. Kidd

2001 Jewel Album Still Heavily Promoted on The Upper East Side

During the 1990’s HMV was the major local record store, located on 86th and Lex. Like most giant record stores, new releases were promoted in the windows. Several years ago HMV closed and eventually Best Buy opened. Amidst the shuffling of businesses in 1278-1280 Lexington Avenue which now houses the equivalent of a very convenient strip mall (Duane Reade, Best Buy, Staples, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks) one window of prime advertising space seems to have gone forgotten.

Jewel’s “This Way” was released in 2001 so we can assume that’s when the banner first went up. The banner faces the new Jamba Juice and overlooks the most heavily trafficked intersection of The Upper East Side. Imagine what that advertising would cost over 6 years? Maybe the different stores couldn’t agree who would get that window so they left it as was, or perhaps access to the window was accidentally sealed…

Although I would love to put something else in that window, I mean, if no one else is going to use it, I can honestly say that seeing that banner for 6 years did not get me to buy the album.