Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RIP Lenny Cecere, 1921-2015

From a 2008 Post "Lenny Cecere runs a small Greenwich Village institution called Something Special. Here, the 82-year old Matt Lauer look-alike rents mailboxes, performs notary services and distributes sage wisdom and sly humor to the folks who use Something Special as local watering (or caffeine) hole and all-around hangout. The store sits on the street level floor of Lenny's landmark-designated building, and is particularly popular among SoHo's rich and famous who regard Lenny's mailboxes as their personal address away from home. The Beastie Boys, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Patti Smith, Famke Janssen and other showbiz notables can regularly be seen picking up their mail at Lenny's. Sarah Jessica Parker even served coffee in years past when her schedule in the city was less than sexy.
A typical day at Something Special finds Lenny holding court and serving coffee as fellow seniors -- like 'Philly' DeCicco and his brother Jimmy, who in the '70s were on a first name basis with Sullivan Street mobster Vinnie 'The Chin' Gigante and Frank Sinatra -- shoot the breeze, argue about the Mets and Yankees or pass a summer day watching the endless people parade that courses down Houston Street."

12 comments:

altadenahiker said...

Sounds and looks like a great character. Gorgeous radio.

Birdman said...

Thanks for the look back on the man and a legacy.

Young at Heart said...

Gosh......truly old school.....I shall pass by and pay my respects next week.

Young at Heart said...

Gosh......truly old school.....I shall pass by and pay my respects next week.

Birdman said...

btw Some recent stunning images. Chock full of color for us.

barbara judge said...

What a full life Lenny Cecere has led. He certainly hasn't let any grass grow under his feet. Interesting post -- barbara

alystyre said...

Lenny and I would talk for hours about his early days at Kodak...He always had a joke for me, and kept his eye on all of us who live on the block. I will miss him like a grandfather.

Lynette said...

As usual, I get addicted to your photos without realizing it's happening. They make me happy. They make me sad. They make me interested. They make me glad that I live in a city which I realize I've not been getting out in and taking photographs enough lately. I've had some health issues which are just about resolved, so my resolution is to get out and walk and take photos. None of mine will hold a candle to yours, but I'm going to enjoy myself anyway. Thanks for the total inspiration that your photos provide!

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