Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“Build in 1963 in the shell of a turn of the century fire station, Cinema Village is the oldest continuously operated cinema in Greenwich Village and one of the oldest continuously operated art cinemas in the city.
“Through most of its first three decades of life Cinema Village was one of Manhattan's several repertory cinemas. Showcasing a canon of vintage classics, cult and contemporary critical favorites on double bills that would usually change three times a week, this once essential programming format has now largely died out in commercial cinemas in the city and around the country. Before the video revolution, short of a private film collection, going to a repertory cinema was virtually the only way to see many films after their initial theatrical run. Rep houses like Cinema Village were the autodidacts' film school and favorite haunts of cineastes for decades.
“Cinema Village is proud of its longevity and thankful to have survived the pitfalls that have taken down so many other independent cinemas. Notwithstanding our resourcefulness, our ability to survive is testimony entirely to the New York City audience. We could probably only exist where we are: in the midst of most diverse, cosmopolitan and cine-aware of cities”
Monday, April 27, 2009
Peter McManus Cafe is among the oldest family owned and operated bars in New York City. Located in the heart of Chelsea at
The newspaper clipping on the wall is headlined PETER MCMANUS AND SONS: TAVERNMEN FOR MANY YEARS. The date August 23, 1948 -- when the bar had already been in business for twelve years. This explains McManus's Tiffany glass, wooden phone booths, and overall time-capsule atmosphere. These days, neighborhood workers from bike messengers and electricians to lawyers and musicians drop in to chat with James "Jamo" McManus, the founder's grandson, who is on hand nearly every night.
When Peter and Mary (Gorman) McManus left Ballinamuck, Longford, back in 1906, they could hardly have imagined that a century later, "Peter McManus" would appear in the films of Woody Allen and TV shows like Seinfeld, and be a part of New York City lore. But that's the case with The Peter McManus Cafe, the famous watering hole located at 19th Street
analog telephone booths!
This woman was yammering non stop, but Miles was polite to her. And to me.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, backstage at Charlotte, NC's Memorial Stadium, 1973.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Same as last two days, profile view....the "scaffold" near the first floor noted by super west coast blogger Altadena Hiker is actually the fire escape staircase. The old buildings featured a mechanical firescape; once you'd fled to the second floor level, you'd use a pulley or chain to lower the moveable part of the firescape to street level..