Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Distinguished!

In 2000, this nautically themed Port Authority dive ignited a political firestorm when cops took security guard Patrick Dorismond for a drug dealer, mistakenly shooting and killing him. Mayor Giuliani made matters worse, releasing Dorismond’s sealed records and saying he was no altar boy—when, in fact, he once had been—at Rudy’s very own Catholic alma mater. Still one of Hell's Kitchen's great dive bars at 37th and 8th Avenue.
Etymology
The term “dive” dates from London in the 19th century, when young men wanted a livelier place in which to spend their afternoons than the gentlemen’s clubs frequented by their fathers. They formed informal clubs, where they gathered to smoke and drink coffee.[citation needed]
The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary indicates that, in the United States in the 1880s, the term referred to an illegal drinking den or other place of ill repute, especially one located in a basement.
The term may also refer to an opium den.

15 comments:

Jean Spitzer said...

That's a lot of names for such a little place.

Julie said...

Sure doesn't look too distinguished!

Luis Gomez said...

Love the image. Great shot. You are right,very Distinguished!

NYC taxi photo said...

hilarious within with the context/composition of what's next door

Melanie said...

Great one--how far did you have to go outside NYC for this shot?? Sounds like one stop shop.

Virginia said...

NOT a bar, a "cocktail lounge". Add this to my list of must do's whenever I get to the BIg APple KM. I like the sounds of a dive called cocktail lounge. Oh la la.
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ac said...

I thought the bar was scary enough, then I saw the sign for the place next door. Sex stores sell herbal supplements now?

• Eliane • said...

I like the pompous name for that somewhat uninviting place. I just can't get over the brick design of that façade. Super kitch.

Melanie said...

37th Street & 8th Avenue--wow..looks like an interesting place.

altadenahiker said...

Good lord.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

BEautiful Lounge !!Great..Unseen Rajasthan

matthew houskeeper said...

Curio Lounge

B SQUARED said...

Every story has a picture. By the way, the doorway on the right looks pretty interesting, itself.

The Green Cat said...

There's a great little 8x8 dance floor in the back of this joint but my favorite thing about it is the straw replicas of the Space Needle behind the bar.

Anonymous said...

The bartenders wear nothing but bras and panties and the heat is on at least 90 degrees at all times.