Entries from October 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011


October 31, 2011

I’ve heard rumors and read stories that the death of Ruby’s bar on the boardwalk of Coney Island may not come true after all. The business that was going in there pulled out at the last minute. Karma, is that you calling? I can’t find concrete evidence one way or the other, so the best way is to just go out and see what they have to say.

The sun sets on the boardwalk at Coney Island.

Here's Paul's Daughter's food stand, they were one of the businesses that was going to be forced out.

But with the businesses pulling out, maybe they'll be here next year. I sure hope so.

And here we are, Ruby's Bar, let's go check out closing night of the season.

A decent crowd has assembled on this cold night.

There's three familiar faces at the bar...

It's the Duncester, Lindsay and Shawn. Time to let the party begin!

The tables are filled with people having their last drinks of the season.

Historical photos of Coney Island through the years hang on the wall behind the bar.

A long shot of the wooden bar at Ruby's.

And here's Mike behind the bar. I asked him if Ruby's was going to be open next year and he told me that all he could say was that they're in negotiations. Well, that sounds promising!

I asked him if the new TV on the wall was part of the negotiations and he just laughed and said, "Maybe." Hey, if it takes a TV in Ruby's to stay in business, that's fine by me, I just won't look at it.

Here's a couple starting Halloween celebrations a night early.

A song is chosen for the jukebox...

And a couple gets up and dances to it. Hopefully this won't be the last dance at Ruby's bar.



This woman told me she just moved here from the West Coast and hopes to see another season at Ruby's.

Leonardo was selling beads in the crowd.

So I bought a strand for good luck and posed with Leonardo and Lindsay.

Melody confirmed that Ruby's is in negotiations to stay on the boardwalk and asked everyone to keep their fingers crossed. I told her I'd keep my eyes crossed as well!

Shawn flashes a peace-out in front of a Warrior.

Vintage Coney Island books sit side by side with the booze behind the bar.

The boardwalk signs have been brought in for the season.

The bar is starting to clear out.

The chairs are stacked on the tables...

And I take one last obligatory bathroom mirror shot for the road.

Hopefully we'll see you next season, Ruby's! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark. and One More Folded Sunset.

Further reading: Amusing The Zillion, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, The Gog Log and One More Folded Sunset.

Then we went down to Coney Island on the coaster and around again,
And no one's gonna ever tear us apart cause she's my sweetheart.

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Bonus Photos From Shawn Chittle!

Shawn sent me some photos he shot from last night. Wonderful shots, Shawn, thanks!


October 30, 2011

Live, from New York, it’s Cheeseburger Saturday Night! Starring, Korzo Haus and featuring the Ready for Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Korzo Haus!

It's a horrific night out tonight. Windy, snowy/rainy and it's freezing. I'm hoping to get a cab, no way am I walking over there.

Usually it would be hard to get a cab at this time on a Saturday night, but since it's so shitty out, there's not many people out and about and I snagged one within minutes. Here's my view from the back seat.

And  the view of another cab from the side window. Heh heh...heh heh.

And here we are, Korzo Haus. Let's get inside and escape the rotten elements out here.

It's nice and cozy in here. The front room has a bar/counter that you can sit at and it overlooks the kitchen area.

And no sooner am I seated than Matt delivers a bottle of beer. I complimented him on his John Entwistle-like t-shirt.

Here's Keith who was working in the kitchen area. Keith's an artist and graphic novelist, check out his work here: Nobodyland.

Jay a.k.a. Dick Bulger was seated next to me and is hanging a portrait that Jay drew of him. That's horse menstrual blood on his face. You had to be there, folks!

There's a brick-walled dining area in the back with wooden tables.

But I preferred to sit up front where the action is happening.

I ordred the Korzo burger which is a burger that is grilled, then wrapped in Langol dough and deep fried. I've never had a deep fried burger and I'm curious as to how it will be. We'll find out soon as Steven starts to make the burger.


Condiments are placed next to me and the burger is about to be served!

Wow, it looks and smells great!

Wow, it's one of the best cheeseburgers I've ever had. I thought it would be greasy, but it's not at all. It's crispy on the outside and doughy and soft on the inside. I added some of the homemade hot sauce and was in burger heaven!

No wonder it won the best burger of the year from Village Voice! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark.

My Meal
I got the Korzo Burger which is a ground beef burger with bacon, cheese, house made mustard and a dill pickle wrapped up in Langol dough and deep fried. Deep frying things sometimes can be gimmicky and gross, but this was one delicious burger. it wasn't greasy at all, like I had thought it would be and the different textures and tastes from the fresh cheese to the pickles to the homemade mustard made for one of the most delicious cheeseburgers I've ever had. If you come to New York or if you live here, you have to try it out.

In addition to the Korzo Burger, there’s four other varieties of burgers available including: The Slav, which is a  beef patty, slow-cooked pork neck, haus sauerkraut, caraway seeds, juniper berries and bryndza; The Otto is a five meat burger including fresh ground blend of beef, pork butt, neck, hudson valley fois gras, chicken crisps & apple kompot and for you vegetarians there’s a Portobello burger which is all vegetarian, oven-roasted portobello mushroom, edam, bryndza, mozzarella, baby arugula topped with a spicy garlic emulsion. Also available are Spicy Hungarian Goulash, Fresh Bratwurst and a Wonderwurst Platter which includes, three sausages, sauerkraut, horseradish and haus mustard.

Bottled and draft beer are available and there’s also an ever-changing daily menu which you can view from their website listed below.

Cheeseburger Rating
Four Wimpy's—The mark of cheeseburger excellence!

Korzo Haus
178 E 7th St. (Between Avenues A and B)

Further reading: Time Out New York, New York Near Say and EV Grieve.

Man buys ring woman throws it away,
Same old thing happens everyday.

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Bonus Photo by Ragin' R.R!

MAD commenter and quote-supplier, Ragin' R.R. sent in this picture of a Halloween mutant strain of Cardboard Box Man. Aaaahh!


October 29, 2011

Yesterday, Gene from the BBC, left this comment: “I miss the Fortress of Solitude that the Papaya is...” It made me realize I hadn’t been there in quite some time. It’s a good night to go, it’s Friday, it’s unseasonably cold outside (it’s supposed to snow on Saturday, to quote Gene again: UFB!) and it’s a perfect night to chill out at the Fortress of Solitude. This one’s for you Gene, so don’t blame me, Al! (I put a Neil Young song up as a consolation prize for Al!)

And we're off, just a short walk to Penn Station. It's not as cold as last night and no rain, which is a relief. However tomorrow it's supposed to go down to freezing temperatures and mixed rain and snow. I may have to bust out my winter coat for Cheeseburger Saturday Night!

Since we were just here last night, I thought I'd use a different entrance, so we have a little variety in the pictures.

Nice to see this fellow standing stationary on the escalator. Maybe people are finally learning, but I doubt it.

Hudson News, I think I'll stop and get a magazine to read at the Fortress of Solitude.

It's a crowded night here with people coming and going and standing around.

Wow, the Powerball is over 200 million!

If there's no post tomorrow, you'll know these numbers came up and I threw my computer out the window.

And now, let's pause for a David Gates moment.

The Papaya sign is covered up with a banner, that kind of sucks.

I was a little afraid they took the Papaya Dog sign down, but here it is, behind the banner.

And here's our friend behind the counter, getting ready to serve up the ususal...

Giganzo beer and a hotdog with mustard (apologies to Britta and Kari, but I gotta go with mustard on the dog!)

Gumby's all settled in.

Here's the view from where I sit. I've already wolfed the dog down, so let's enjoy the magazine and the beer.

I got a copy of Life & Style. The cover story was about Demi Moore starving herself. Her arms aren't quite as scary as Madonna's, but they're getting there. The headline reads: "Starving To Keep Her Man." Personally I would've gone with: "Moore Is Less," but what do I know?

I'm amazed, I got all the way to page six before running into a photo of one of the Kardashians. The weekly magazines are obsessed with them. In fact I'm going to flip through and see how many photos there are of each Kardashian in this issue. Give me a couple minutes here. (Time goes by.) Okay, I'm back and here's the official Kardashian Kountdown: There's five pictures each of Kim and Khloe and Kourtney has four. So, there!

And just in case Lux Living stops by...Lady Gaga?

And two words can sum those perks up: Breast Feeding!

Here's a subscription ad with a cover from a week ago. Within the cover line a confused Kim Kardashian asks: "What Have I Done?" Well, Kim, from what I can see you've turned your massive tits and ass into a multimillion dollar corporation, but outside of that, you really haven't done a whole hell of a lot. Anyway, you go girl! And keep on going...a little farther, okay, don't let the door smack that giant-million dollar ass of yours on the way out. Goodnight everybody and  see you tomorrow after dark.

Further reading: MAD, Time Out New York and 365 Bars (I forgot I went there on the bar crawl, it came up on a Google search!)

The old man is dressed in white clothes,
Everybody says he's mad,
No one knows the things that he knows.

(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)


Bonus Separated At Birth Photos by The Duncester!

After seeing the pop up photo of William Shatner in yesterday's post, The Duncester found a photo of Kurt Russell as Jack Burton in the 1986 movie, "Big Trouble in Little China." Beautiful "Separated At Birth" moment, Duncester, thanks for sending it in!


Late Post Alert!

So I woke up and it's a cold and rainy and snowy day here in New York, so I went back to sleep. I just got up again and it's even more dreary out. I think I'll go back to bed, yet again. Look for today's post this afternoon around 3 or 4pm. Have a wonderful day, see you in a bitter.


October 28, 2011

The other day, Kari left a comment about how she liked the colorful tiles in New York’s subway system. I like them too and my favorite subway tile stop is 50th Street on the 1 line. It’s got tiled artwork of Alice in Wonderland, so I thought I’d go there and take some pictures. It’s cold and rainy out tonight, so I thought I’d stay underground and take a subway ride and then take some photos.

It's stopped raining, but goddamn it's cold out here. It may be time to bust out my winter coat. I dread winter coming.

And here we are at Penn Station.

Nobody's walking on the escalator tonight and that's always a good thing.

Here's our platform.

Could the timing be any more perfect, here's the train, right as we get to the platform. I love it when this happens!

And bang-zoom, here we are at 50th Street. Let's go check out the Alice artwork.

Here's the Mad Hatter along with a rabbit and something that looks like an eggman. I need to brush up on my Alice in Wonderland characters.

And here's the other piece of Alice in Wonderland tiled art. I thought there was more than this. Two is a little bit of a gyp.

I was going to go across the street and check out the tiles on the other side and wait for a downtown train home. But I saw all the people waiting and an announcement came over the loud speakers that downtown trains were being delayed due to an accident at 72nd Street. I decided to bail on this and just get a cab home.

Fuck, this turned out to be one of those nightmare New York nights trying to get home. I went out of the subway station to get a cab and stood there in the freezing cold trying to get a cab for over a half an hour and there was none to be had. So I walked to 49th Street to take an N or R train to 14th Street and that station was closed. So I had to hoof it in the cold and wade through the tourists in Times Square and get a train from there. It was a real kind of After Hours trip home where over an hour later here we are. This post was a bit of a dud, but at least I've got something special below. Check it out.


Go Ask Alice—The MAD Movie of the Week

Alice in Wonderland always makes me think of the Jefferson Airplane song, “Go Ask Alice,” which in turn always makes me think of this cheesy-ass movie that was shown on TV in the early ‘70’s called, “Go Ask Alice.” It was a 1973 ABC Movie of the Week, and it was based on a book of the same name that came out in 1971. The book was all the rage when it was published, as it was supposedly a young girl’s unedited, authentic diary about her dark descent into the world of sleazy and dangerous world of drugs. It was later found out the book was a scam and was written by an editor by the name of Beatrice Sparks. It was supposed to scare kids from wanting to take drugs. In 1971 I was in eighth grade and had only gotten drunk once, and had never tried drugs. After reading the book, I couldn’t wait to start trying them, I just didn’t know where to get any. A year later I started smoking pot and by the time this movie came on TV I was doing acid, speed, mushrooms and basically anything I could get my hands on. I remember watching this movie stoned out of my gourd and laughing like crazy at it. I’ve always wanted to see it again, but couldn’t find it on VHS tape or DVD through the years. Well lo and behold, I did a search tonight on YouTube and the whole fucking movie is there! So, I now present a first, a MAD Movie of the Week, for your viewing pleasure. I haven’t done drugs in over a decade, but if you do, I suggest getting high before you start watching. Me, I think I’ll just settle for getting drunk as a stinking skunk. Okay...lights...camera...William Shatner!

Further reading: Ephemeral New York, Laughing Squid and Mental Floss.

I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.

(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)


Bonus Photo by Melanie!

Melanie from East Village Corner sent in this frightening photo where the Cardboard Box Man is marketing himself via hooded sweatshirts. It all seems so innocent...but it fills me with dread! Thanks for the photo, Melanie, it reminds all of us to keep on our toes and be vigilant of the Cardboard Box Man!


October 26, 2011

It’s Swizzle Stick Tuesday the night I go out to a bar in search of the ever elusive swizzle stick. I found a place in the Dream Hotel that looks really fancy called Rm.Fifty5. It doesn’t look like the type of place I’d hang out in, but sometimes you have to throw your personal preferences out the window (along with some hard-earned cash) when you’re swizzle stick hunting. Let’s see if we bag a swizzle.

I'm heading out a little earlier than usual, I'm taking a couple nights off work after three weeks of working double shifts. So I thought I'd splurge and take a cab to the bar.

Aerial cab shot out the window!

Okay, we're at 55th and Broadway, the bar is located in a hotel about a block away.

And here we are at the Dream Hotel, which houses the bar.

It's quite a fancy-Dan lobby with a tube-like aquarium in the middle. It's here that an employee hits me with the sad news that Rm.Fifty5 is having a private party.

But, there is a silver lining. I'm told that up on the 14th Floor, there's a bar called the Ava Lounge. It sounds good to me, I don't feel like taking that lonely walk to another bar in midtown. And awaaay we go!

It's nice and dark up here, let's snag a spot at the bar.

And here's the friendly and beautiful bartender Holly, serving up a double gin and tonic. Is that a swizzle stick in the glass?

Upon close inspection...

It's a black plastic straw. No swizzle for you! Wha wha wha whaaaa.

Zeem was seated next to me enjoying some wine. He's a model and designer. Check out his websites: Zeemrock.com and Zeemproductions.com.

An overhead view of my working area at the bar.

A longshot of the candlelit bar.

Here's the lounge area behind the bar. Candlelight and couches. It's got a real makeout vibe to it.

Here's the view from the window. It kind of made me dizzy, so I went back to the bar.

There's a picture of actress Ava Gardner at the end of the bar. It's called the Ava Lounge, because this space was once her apartment back in the day. Pretty cool to think that her and Frank probably hoisted a few cocktails right where I'm seated!

And Holly rings up the tab and it's time to call it a night. Goodnight, Frank, goodnight Ava, we'll see you tomorrow after dark.

Ava Lounge
In The Dream Hotel
210 W. 55th St. (Near Broadway)

Further reading: Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, New York magazine and facecrack.


They heard the breeze in the trees making weird melodies,
And they made that the start of the blues.

(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)


October 25, 2011

First off, go check Goggla’s photo blog, The Gog Log for more photos from the Chillmaster Dance Party Five. Just click here to check them out: Chillmaster Dance Party V.

Okay, it’s Monday and that’s the night I go out and six photos in a specific area of New York and marry them up with songs and lyrics that I think add to the photos for one reason or another. Tonight I’d thought I’d take a trip to Occupy Wall Street and see what’s happening. You may or may not agree with what’s going on down there, but so far I’ve yet to hear anyone who’s actually gone down there say anything negative about the protest. Contrary to some reports, it’s not just “dirty hippies” down there, it’s an interesting cross section of people of all ages and races coming together for something they believe in. One thing they have achieved is opening up a dialogue that wasn’t so prevalent before. Let’s go down and get a sixpack of photos.

Here we are at the Cortlandt Street stop. Time to start clicking.

They say that's money can't buy love in this world,
But it'll get you a half-pound of cocaine and a sixteen-year old girl,
And a great big long limousine on a hot September night,
Now that may not be love but it is all right.

Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me,
Leave me where I am - I'm only sleeping.

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered,
I don't have a friend who feels at ease,
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered,
Or driven to its knees.

Under pressure—that burns a building down,
Splits a family in two,
Puts people on streets.

I'm a model you know what I mean,
And I do my little turn on the catwalk,
Yeah on the catwalk on the catwalk yeah,
I do my little turn on the catwalk.


Occupy Wall Street
Liberty Square (A.K.A. Zuccotti Park)
Corner of Liberty St. and Broadway

Further reading: The Gog Log, Slum Goddess and CNN.

All in a dream, all in a dream,
The loading had begun,
They were flying Mother Nature's
silver seed to a new home in the sun.

(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)

Bonus Photo From The Duncester!
The Duncester sent in this wigged out  photo of himself in a  green wig of his own! It was taken in the early ‘90’s at a ski resort in Utah. Nice one, Duncester, thanks for sending it in!


October 24, 2011

Chillmaster Dance Party Number Five!

We all met at the Coal Yard bar for a few pre-party drinks.

The Duncester couldn't make it to the party, but stopped by and brought some flowers for Mrs. Chillmaster, who's put up with our nonsense for over a half a year now. Very nice! Everybody arrived, but I forgot to get a group photo taken. It ain't easy being green and you'll see what I'm talking about in the photos to come.

And here he is, the man behind the window, The Chillmaster!

Before the party begins, The Chillmaster had a special toast to give.

It was a toast to the memory of our friend, photojournalist, Bob Arihood who attended the first two Chillmaster parties.

To Bob!

I thought I'd bring something to add to the many cool items on the Chillmaster table.

Gumby! Here I am presenting him to the Chillmaster.

And now the party can start!

Here's Eric, Lindsay and Scott enjoying a laugh.

More laughs with Ed and the Chillmaster. It's always a good time here!

Lindsay had to leave early and waves goodbye through the Chillmaster window.

But just as Lindsay leaves, Nikki arrives and the party remains perfectly balanced.

Nikki takes over the Chillmaster chair and chills out. Why the fuck not?

Kate, Goggla and Eric are relaxing and enjoying the party.

The Chillmaster and Teneesha pose for a photo.

Then Teneesha pours herself some Hennessy.

The Chillmaster does likewise...

The remote is brought out...

The music begins...

And so does the dancing!

A group portrait of the males in attendance.

And the prettier half of the party, the females pose with the Chillmaster.

Thanks to the Chillmaster and everyone who showed up for another rollicking and fun, Chillmaster Dance Party! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark.

Further reading: Further reading: EV Grieve, The Gog Log, Neither More Nor Less, One More Folded Sunset, Slum Goddess and Single Linds Reflex.

Papa was a rolling stone,
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.

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Bonus Link: Mars Bar Documentary!

There's a Mars Bar Documentary being shown this week in Greenpoint, you can read about it and see a preview of it  at One More Folded Sunset by clicking here: Mars Bar Documentary.


Bonus Art by Jaws!

Jaws the Cabbie thought the green wig made me look like George Washington and sent in this art to prove his point. Ha ha ha! Thanks, Jaws, great job!