Friday, July 27, 2012

take the last train to Clarksville

now I must hang up the phone.

I can't hear you in this noisy 

railroad station all alone.

#1 on the BillBoard Hot 100, November 5, 1966
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

good on ya, Charlie

our roof is great at sundown

on a zoom from east 84th and First Avenue, 29th floor, 
“Your ad” on the left, the ClockTower on the far right.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I got soul, but I'm not a soldier


Mott Haven summer

you run out of chances

when you stop taking them.

The cards in the game never turn up the same.

Take a chance.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

back in the summer of ’69


“And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone.”


“ooooohh yeah.”

I feel a draft

Conventional wisdom has it that history is dry, but we must STOP! thinking that way.
The New York Historical Society on Central Park West is out to change that perception.

They are currently featuring an exhibit that is hoppy and full bodied and with a long bitter finish, but anything but dry. 

This refreshing exhibit offers a look back into New York beer history. 

Beer has been a part of the New York State landscape since the earliest European settlements. 

In fact our state was the nation’s leading hops producer from 1840 until about the opening of our ClockTower in the mid 1880’s. 

So until September 2nd the museum has installed a beer hall that is open and serving New York artisanal brews:

Gotta love a museum exhibit you can chug.

So GO!

Monday, July 23, 2012

if you love and live

Mott Music is a short film about a piano factory we can see from our front windows.

It’s housed in the old Mott Ironwork Building by the Third Avenue Bridge, diagonally from the Bruckner Bar.

an identical Steinway from 1895 can also be seen here:
It’s just a grimy repair warehouse for
but if you like fixing things as I do it’s very cool.

Released in 2005, Jarred Alterman shot Mott Music for an estimated $30,000 according to the IMDB webpage.
Moving from floor to dusty floor is like going back 100 years in time.

And it’s all just half-a-block away from our ClockTower. If you love and live in SoBro, the 95 second trailer is just great.

Our neighborhood heritage, right at our door.