As many New Yorkers continue to mourn Anthony Bourdain at his former restaurant home Les Halles, another little remembrance has popped up elsewhere in the city over in Crown Heights.
Following his death last Friday, a wooden sign popped up on the median on Atlantic Avenue between Classon and Franklin avenues, saying “RIP Tony” in blue with an illustration of a knife and the date of his death, June 8th. It’s visible from the busy thoroughfare for drivers going both ways, and it’s right across the street from tropical bar Diamond Reef.
Bourdain died of apparent suicide on Sunday in France, where he was shooting the next season of his popular CNN show Parts Unknown. News of the New Yorker-turned-global-celebrity’s death affected people around the world, and here in Bourdain’s hometown, many people have been mourning by going to Les Halles, a shuttered French brasserie where Bourdain once worked.
The sign in Crown Heights does not say who put it up.
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or self-harm or is anxious, depressed, upset, or needs to talk, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. For international resources, here is a good place to begin.