Monday, January 24, 2011

Vini, Vidi, Venti

You’ll see this and other treasures of the NY’s underworld at MOB Scene.

This is a photo from MOB Scene—a tiny, new museum on Broome Street in what’s left of Little Italy.
That’s Albert Anastasia, the boss of the Gambino Crime Family on the floor. He was getting his haircut in the barber shop at the Park Central Hotel and got whacked.

His murder remains officially unsolved, but it’s widely believed that it was done by Joe Gallo.  Gallo was gunned down years later in Umberto's Clam House—which is still in Little Italy, but at a different location.

The barber shop in the Park Central is now a Starbucks.
You’ll get free admission to MOB Scene if you mention my name. It’s actually free to everyone, but it’ll make you sound connected.

Here is What's Important

Phone kiosk on 3rd Avenue and 29th Street

I don’t own a TV, so I miss out on a lot of what’s going on in the world.
I’d never heard of the Kardashians until a couple of tourists asked me where the Dash store was. They were horrified that I lived in New York but were unaware of their existence.
I know now and my life is much richer.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Modern Canine Art

Dog piss on 5th Avenue—just across from the Guggenheim.

In New York City, even dogs like to show off their creativity. They piss in different colors and create spectacular designs. Winter of course, is the only time of year when we can appreciate this.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Here is the Eden of Rock-n-Roll

Ever stay here?

Here is the guestroom of Marty Boratin and Susan Tanner’s house in Eden, NY (just outside Buffalo).
For years, Marty has been booking bands in the city, then putting them up for the night and cooking them amazing food.

When he and Susan got married, they built this incredible house and upgraded the guest conditions to the level of the Plaza. There’s a Jacuzzi in the bath and the guestroom itself is decorated in vintage souvenirs. There’s also a lovely selection of complimentary postcards and the finest concierge service on the planet.  
Bands that have stayed with Susan and Marty include: Jon Langford, The Fleshtones, Bad Livers, The Drams, The Icicles, The Big Sleep, Cowboy Junkies, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Carolyn Mark, Das Damen and Fugazi

Famous and infamous writers have stayed here as well.

Marty and Susan are currently working on a memoir/cookbook about their adventures.