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The GODFATHER

Mario Puzo

NATIONAL BESTSELLER


The GODFATHER
Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenonnominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.

With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.
The GODFATHER

Don Vito Corleone
SUNDAY SAUCE

alla CLEMENZA

CORLEONE RECIPES

CLEMENZA MOB WAR SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY – MEATBALLS

And More …



The GODFATHER Movie

The GODFATHER

5oth ANNIVERSARY Deluz Edition 

The GODFATHER Trilogy

50 YEARS

COLLECTORS EDITION

Celebrating 50 years, this deluxe limited edition set offers, for the first time in one collection, the essential, definitive saga of the Corleone family, overseen by director Francis Ford Coppola and based on the bestselling novel by Mario Puzo. A global cultural touchstone captivating fans across generations, the enduring cinematic legacy of THE GODFATHER has immeasurably influenced popular culture, and rightfully earned its legacy as one of the greatest in the history of motion pictures. Remastered and restored in 4K UHD with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, this collection includes Best Picture Academy Award winners for Best Picture THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER PART II, alongside the acclaimed conclusion MARIO PUZO’S THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE. Includes both the Theatrical and 1991 cuts of THE GODFATHER PART III, as well as a special features Blu-ray featuring all-new content.



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CLEMENZA

The GODFATHER

“DON’t FORGET The CANNOLI”






The High Price of PASTRAMI in New York

The PASTRAMI SANDWICH

S&P PRVOSIONS

Flatiron, NYC

Fianlly there’s a place that makes a great Pastrami Sandwich at a resonable price. It’s S&P Provisions in the old Eisnberg’s spot on 5th Avenue, just below 23rd Street. “Thank God,” it’s about time. What’s a regular working guy to do? Pastrami Sandwiches at $23 and up, before tip and tax? Can’t do it. Maybe one or two times in a year, and that’s about it at those prices. But at just $16 a pop, which for me is still a bit steep to pay for a sandwich, but it’s quite a bit more reasonable than the “Ripoff” prices at Katz’s, at an isnsane $25.95 for a meager sandwich that’s highly over-rated. I hate sto say it, but after Il Milino Italian Restaurant, and Joe’s Pizzeria, both in Greenwich Village and two of the most over-rated food establishments in New York, the famed Katz’s Jewish Deli on East Houston Street in the LES of New York, is another one of the city’s most overated restaurants in town. The last time I had a Pastrami Sandwich at Katz’s I was so highly disappointed, I haven’t been back since. That was 3 years ago. The place is a total and compled “RIPOFF” with a capital R. My sandwich that day at Katz’w was one of th biggest and most disappointing letdowns in my entire life. I had been Jonesing for a Pastrami Sandwich for weeks, and I finally went and treated myself at Katz’s/ It was a complet and utter waste of time, and a whole lot of money. $23 for the smallest Pastarmi Sandwich that I’ve ever seen in my life ! I couldn’t beleive it. And lukewarm and not tasty at all. What a disappointment. I was in shock.
Years ago, in the 1980s I lived in the East Village for the entire decade of the 80s. I lived on Avenue A at St Marks Place, a few short blocks from the greatest Pasrami that ever existed in New York. It was at The 2nd Avenue Deli, owned by Abe Lebewhol, who was brutually murdered in 1996 while making a night deposit at a nearby bank. 


Abe Lebewohl sweeps the sidewalk of 2nd Avenue

At East 10th Street in front of his Famous Jewish Deli

The 2nd AVENUE DELI

New York



The 2nd Avenue Deli had the most amazing Pastrami. It was incredible, and for me, no Pastrami has come close. Not even the new 2nd Avenue Deli which opened a few years after Abe died, and his originalmasterpiece closed down. My buddy raoul and I went up to the new place in Gramercy Park engihborhood of New York. The Pastrami was good, but it just wasn’t the same. It was good, but it didn’t have the greatness that the old place under ownership Abe Lebwhol did. 



The Carnegie Deli

New York NY



And another sin to happen besides the outrageously high prices of Pastrami these days, is the closing of another great Jewish Deli, and my second favorite after 2nd Avenue, the Carnegie Deli closed a few years back in 2016, when the then owners “Couldn’t Cut The Mustard,” and closed the place down. It was a very sad day in Jewish Deli History, and the history of New York restaurants on a whole. I had so many good times going there with some friends, getting a bowl of their superb Matzha Ball Soup, and a half of a Pastarmi Sandwich. There was nothing like it. The place was always jumping, and you could often see big name celebrities like ; Milton Berle, Jacki Mason, Alan King, or Woody Allen there. And speaking of Woody, he made a masterpiece of a movie, Braodway Danny Rose, a jilarious comedy film, of which a good portion of the movie takes place at The Carnegie Deli, with old Jewsish Comedian sitting around a table, eating Corned Beef and Pastrami, and telling stories about the main character of the movie, Danny Rose, aka Braodway Danny Rose, a washed up talent agent in New York, and his misadventures navigating the business of being a lackluster talent agent in the Big Apple of New York. It’s a great movie, and if you’ve never seen it, trust me, please do.

Well back to Pastrami. the high price of Pastrami really urks me, in these days of the gross price of music concerts of top perfromers. When I was a teenager, I was able to see all the great Rock N Roll, R&B for just about $12 a ticket. These days you have to pay $200 and up for crappy nose bleed seats. It’s atrocious! I ssaw the late great Frank Sinatra perform 7 times, and never paid more than $40 a ticket for the pleasure of seeing the greatest singer of the 20th Century perform live. Not like the crap that goes on these days, $200, $300, $500 aticket, and $26 Pastrami Sandwiches? What is this World coming to? I want to know!



Basta !




Daniel Bellino Zwicke






SANDWICHES at The CARNEGIE DELI

Unlike the MINESCULE PROTIONS Served at KATZ’S DELI

The CARNEGIE PILED THEIR SANDWICHES HIGH





A PASTRAMI SANDWICH

From the former CARNEGIE DELI

RIP




PASTRAMI SANDWICHES of NEW YORK

2022 / 2023 Prices

KATZ’S DELI  $25.95

PASTRAMI QUEEN  $22

SARGE’S DELI  $23.95

BARNEY GREENGRASS   $19.75

2nd AVENUE DELI  $24.95

HOMETOWN  $28

S&P  $16 







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Antico Vinaio Opens Italian Sandwich Shop Greenwich Village New York NYC

 

all’ ANTICO VINAIO

SULLIVAN STREET

GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK

NYC




The famed Florentine Sandwich Shop has touched down in Greenwich Village, New York.
all’ Antico Vinaio is a famous Panini Shop from Florence, Italy, that is uber famous with Tourists and Instagramers. They are famous for their square stuffed sandwiches on Focaccia Bread. Sandiches are filled with Mortadella, Salami, Prosciutto, Mozzarella and other Italian Sandwich ingredients.

The new sandwich shop at 225 Sullivan Street in New York’s Greenwich Village opend the other day, and is already doing brisk business. There are not super long lines “yet” though suspect there will be soon, once the masses of New Yorkers and tourist discover that there is an Antico Vinaio panani shop on Sullivan Street.

Famed New York restaurantuer Joe Bastianich has partnered up with the people at Antico Vinaio to open New York’s second all’ Antico Vinaaio Italian sandwich shop.

all’ Antico Vinaio is an Instagram Sensation in Florence, Italy, and is proven to be so on the other side of the pond in America, with locations in Los Angelos, California, and the two shops in New York, and we are sure with Joe Bastianich involved, one day there might be 100 or more locations all over America. 









Joe Bastianich

Panini on Sullivan Street

Antico Vinaio Italian Sandwiches

New York NY





Learn How to Make an ITALIAN SUBNARINE SANDWICH


SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN SANDWICH RECIPES

ITALIAN SOUPS – PASTA – PANINI

MEATBALLS & MORE …


NEED a HOTEL in NEW YORK

ITALY – ASIA – WORLDWIDE


POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

TRAVEL GUIDE – COOKBOOK


With Friends at Bar Cichetti NYC

 

Chef / Author Daniel Bellin “Z”

with Cameron Diaz

BAR CICHETTI

NEW YORK NY

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BAR CICHETTI

The FIRST EVER Venetian Wine Bar in America

Created by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Chef / Wine Director / Managing Partner

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Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke on INSTAGRAM

Some of Daniel’s Old Photos of BAR CICHETTI Shows Daniel

with GOOD FRIENDS ; Matt Dillon, John Lurie, Frankie Rayder,

Raoul Marti, and …

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Frankie Rayder

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED


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Daniel Bellino Zwicke

with Victoria Secrets Model Frankie Rayder

1999

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Recipes From My Sicilian Nonna

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

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Daniel with Friends Raoul Marti and Matt Dillon

at Bar Cichetti 1999


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Daniel and Family

THE BELLINO ‘S

Uncle Tony, Cousin Tony Aunt Fran, Daniel, Debbie, Aunt Wanda,

Aunt Hellen, and cousins .. BAR CICHETTI 1998

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MICHAEL STIPE & REM Band MEMBERS

At BAR CICHETTI 

1998

GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK

NOT Losing Their Religion

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Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke and Cameron Diaz

at Bar Cichetti


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MARISA TOMEI & ROBERT DOWNEY Jr. in POSITANO

Filming of ONLY YOU

Marisa Tomei was a Regular along with Friends Fischer Stevens

and Rosie Perez , Severio Guerra, John Lurie, Ed Harris, and Debbie Mazur


POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

TRAVEL GUIDE – COOKBOOK

by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

CREATOR of BAR CICHETTI NYC


 

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Ed HARRIS was Seen Eating at BAR CICHETTI

during the Filming of POLLOCK

 

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The 1st time ED HARRIS ate at BARICHETTI

When he was fisnished with his dinner and leaving the restaurant, 

Ed came over to me thank me and said that he really enjoyed the meal.

“Thanks Ed”

…. Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

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ROSIE PEREZ Spotted at BAR CICHETTI

HREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK


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SUNDAY SAUCE

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

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Chef Daniel Bellino Zwicke and  friends Debi Mazur & Sevario Guerra

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MARISA TOMEI and ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

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FRANKIE RAYDER / SPORTS ILLUSTRATED


 

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ANNABELLA SCIORRA

FISCHER STEVENS


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Marisa Tomei and Fischer Stevens














Queen Elizabeth has Passed Away – God Save The Queen – Dead at Age 96

Queen Elizabeth II

April 21st 1926  –  September 8th 2022

RIP

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Queen Elizabeth has Died

RIP

QW II has Passed Away

September 8th 2022

“GOD SAVE The QUEEN”

Queen Elizabeth II April 21, 1926  –  September 8, 2022




Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96.

Prince Charles, 73, heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king, and the Duchess of Cornwall is now Queen Consort.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Flags on landmark buildings in Britainwere being lowered to as a period of official mourning was announced.

As Queen of the UK and 14 other realms, and head of the 54-nation Commonwealth, Elizabeth II was easily the world’s most recognisable head of state during an extraordinarily long reign.

Fire at PJ Clarkes New York

 


PJ CLARKE’S

NEW YORK

by Bellino


NEW YORK – August 28, 2022  “Fire at PJ Clarke’s “


Yes there was a fire at PJ Clarke’s, the famed Old New York Bar and eatery on 3rd Avenue at East 55th Street.

The good news is that nonone was hurt, and there was very little damage. If PJ Clarke’s had burned down, this would have been very devestating news for those of us who truly love this wonderfule Old New York Institution, and would be crushed if it was gone, and we’d be unable to go there any longer.

Though PL Clarke’s has lost much of its charm in the past few years, when many more people than is usual have discover the place, and it has become overly crowded, in comparison to years past, when yoy would go in the back room, and it was not overly packed with way too many people. It was much more enjoyable.  Anyway, Thank God it is still there, we can see it, and go there, hopefully when it is not overly crowded, in which case the great vibe of the place is ruined, ever since the actor Timothy Hutton became a partner. My advice, is not to go for dinner when it gets way too crowded for comfort. Go for lunch, and sit in the back room, order a Burger and your beverage of choice, and relax.

Note :  Yes PJ Clarke’s was the late great Frank Sinatra’s favorite bar. Whenever in New York Frank would stop in. The great songwriter Johnny Mercer was a frequent patron of the establishment, and even wrote a song of which PJ Clarke’s is the inspiration and setting of the song. The son is One For My Baby, and is one of Frank Sinatra’s all-time greates saloon songs, as Frank woulds say, “Est em up Joe.”

Jackie Kennedy was a fan of PJ Clarke’s and often brought her two children Joh F. Kennedy Jr., and Caroline Kennedy there for the famosu PJ Clarke Burgers. Yes, many celebrites have eaten at PJ Clarke’s pver the years, including the great singer Nat King Cole who called the burger at PJ Clarke’s, “The Caddillac of Burgers.”


Basta! 


Daniel Bellino Zwicke









OLD NEW YORK

PJ CLARKE’S

by Bellino

Canvas FINE ART


SUNDAY SAUCE

FRANK SINATRA’S FAVORITE COOKBOOK


Roman Pasta Recipes – Rome to Positano ITALY

 

The COLOSSEUM

ROME , ITALY




ROME :  FOOD & DRINK – TOURS – HOTELS – EVERYTHING


Roma


Rome, Italy — a city that has captured hearts and minds for years. Like most big cities, you can spend a pretty penny in Rome if you aren’t careful. Luckily though, there are also numerous free things to do in Rome just waiting to be explored.

The Eternal City is a fascinating contrast of history and modern society living together in harmony. It seems that everywhere you turn there is a historical site surrounded by the modern city that has grown up around it.



The ROMAN FORUM

Home to incredible churches, fabulous museums, beautiful piazzas, and unmatched historical sites, Rome is an ancient city with loads of things to do.

The COLOSSEUM

Rome’s tenacity is best illustrated in its ancient monuments, remarkably intact nearly 2000 years on. Debuting in 80 AD, the behemoth 50,000 seat Colosseum famously hosted frenzied spectators who would watch gladiators facing off against each other or wild animals. No photograph can prepare you for the thrill of seeing it for the first time. More than any other monument, this iconic amphitheater symbolizes the power and drama of ancient Rome, and still today it’s an electrifying sight. The amphitheater dominates as the top tourist attraction in the city; Book Tickets in Advance to bypass the lines. 




The PATHEON

ROME


Built by Romans in 126 A.D. in Rome, Italy, the Pantheon is the oldest, continuously used structure in history. The dome was and is a marvel of engineering and the design of the dome plus columns inspired domed landmarks worldwide.


“EAT LIKE a ROMAN”

5 MUST EAT DISHES



# 1  – BUCATINI  AMATRICIANA






# 2  – SPAGHETTI CARBONARA



It is hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the origins of carbonara. The most popular rumour says that the dish came about during World War II when American GIs were craving bacon and eggs, and a clever chef found a way to mix them into pasta. Egg yolk is the key to a good carbonara because the dish is never made with the addition of cream in Italy. Some newer Rome restaurants riff on the dish, offering seafood or vegetarian versions, but there is nothing like the umami explosion of the classic egg, bacon and cheese.





# 3 –  CODA di VACCINARA
Roman Oxtail Stew







# 4  –  PASTA CACIO PEPE

There are few dishes simpler or more satisfying than cacio e pepe–pasta with cheese and black pepper. The cheese in question is cacio–the word for Pecorino Romano in the local dialect. The finely grated pecorino is emulsified in starchy pasta cooking water to create a smooth sauce that is essentially pure cheesy goodness. Freshly ground black pepper helps to cut through the fattiness and adds a kick to the dish that Romans love. With so few ingredients, the key to cacio e pepe is a speedy chef who can ensure that the sauce comes out creamy instead of clumpy.

Where to EAT It :  Flavio al Velavevodetto

# 5  – CARCIOFI GUIDEA
ROMAN FRIED ARTICHOKS
From The JEWISH GHETTO of ROME

Perhaps it is true that anything will taste good fried, but there is a special place in Roman hearts for carciofi alla guidea. Looking like bronzed flowers, these deep-fried artichokes are a speciality in the city’s old Jewish quarter. The meaty globe artichokes attain their creamy-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside perfection by being fried not once but twice. No need to separate the leaves or look out for thistles; these artichokes are eaten whole.





# 6  – TRIPPA alla ROMANA
Roman Stewed Tripe

Offal is a cornerstone of Roman cuisine, dating back to when Europe’s largest slaughterhouse operated just outside the historic centre beside the Tiber river. Workers were partly paid in these poorer cuts, and a distinctive cuisine emerged. The most beloved of all is trippa or tripe–the honey-combed upper stomach of a grazing cow. In Rome, the tripe is slowly simmered in tomato sauce and topped with cheese, resulting in a pleasant flavour so long as you can get past the slightly off-putting texture.

Where to get it: Checchino dal 1887



# 7  –  ROMAN PIZZA


Not to be confused with chewy Neapolitan-style pizza, Pizza alla Romana is cracker-thin and should always finish with a good crunch to the crust. The round pizza can be served with plain marinara sauce or piled high with toppings like olives, artichokes, egg and prosciutto alla capricciosa. The budget-friendly meal is most popular with young Romans, who hardly let a week go by without a night out with friends over pizza.



ROMAN PASTA RECIPES

MANGIA ITALIANO
CARBONARA – AMATRICIANA
CACIOE e PEPE
And MORE


“ROME to The AMALFI COAST”

ROME to POSITANO The AMALFI COAST


PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE

DOOR to DOOR

“I LOVE POSITANO”
Going to POSITANO ?

The AMALFI COAST ?

“YOU NEED THIS TRAVEL GUIDE”

POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

Me and The Man on a Wire – Philippe Petit Twin Tower Tight Rope Walk New York NY

Caffe Reggio
 
Greenwich Village, New York
 
REMINISCING 
 
 
 
  I was sitting there at Caffe Reggio. It’s an old Caffe in Greenwich Village, New York, once the World Center of Bohemia, the Beats and Beatniks. Now? I don’t know what it is now, other than despite the neighborhood going down as a result of greedy New York Landlords that keep raising the price of rents to ridiculously absurd price-points, where only the rich can afford them. Mostly all all the cool old restaurants, cafes, funky boutiques, and record shops have mostly all been pushed out of their stores by insanely high commercial rents that barley anyone can afford. It’s the same for commercial spaces and apartments, people just can’t afford them. Except the rich. But this is not what this is about. How the hell did I go off on that tangent? Oh yeah, I was talking about Caffe Reggio.
 
  Thankfully there are a few good old restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs left, Caffe Reggio is one, merely because the owner of Caffe Reggio (Maurizio) owns the building that he inherited from his father. Lucky him, and lucky us that he owns the building, he loves his historical caffe and has no intention of ever closing it. Who knows what will happen one day when he is gone. Hopefully that day is quite a long way off. It’s a long way off since the time that I, as a young boy of 16 first walked into Caffe Reggio way back in 1974. I was still living in Jersey back then. I was into photography (a hobby) and I used to love hopping on a bus in Carlstadt, New Jersey, and heading into the city (New York, NY). I had always loved the City, ever since the first few times my dad drove in, and we were there, New York City. The place was electrifying to me, a young boy from Jersey, and growing up in 1960’s and 70’s America. I was into all sorts of things as a boy. I loved all sports, and played baseball, basketball, and football all the time. And I do mean a lot. And if I wasn’t watchinging one of the 3 major sports of America, I was watching them on TV, the Met’s, the Yankees, the New York Football Giants, The Olympics, and every Saturday at 4 o’clock for years, I watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports with Jim McKay, Howard Cossell, Frank Gifford, Curt Gowdy, and others. They had all sorts of sports that they broadcasted and I loved them all, from: Boxing, to Skiing, Car Racing, Demolition Derby’s and more.
 
   I loved music, listening to the radio, playing with my friends, watching TV, and going for rides in the car with my Dad. My childhood wasn’t always easy, my mother was mentally ill, and my parents had spit up when we were very young. No it wasn’t always easy, but I was a dreamer and dreamt of big things in my future, and I was always full of hope for things I might achieve. 
    Let me get back to Caffe Reggio. Well very briefly, I’ll keep it short. As I’ve said, I loved photography, so I loved as a teeanager, hopping on the # 35 Bus and going into the city. The bus would take me into The Port Authority Bus Terminal, and I’d make my way down the escalators to the subway, and hop on an A Train that would take me down to Greenwich Village, where I loved hanging out at Washington Square Park, watching all the street performers (Musicians, jugglers, etc.) and taking pictures with my 35mm Camera, and just having a good time. After I hung out in the park for a couple hours, I’d walk around the Village a bit, shooting some shots and making discoveries. Then I’d head over to Caffe Reggio for my Cappuccino, sit there relaxing, dreaming, and watching the world go by. I just loved it. I thought I was cool. And guess what? I was. Sometimes I’d go to The Riviera Cafe for a bowl of Chili, and to hang out. Again, just watching the world go by. Just a couple blocks from the park, there was a place I loved, called The Unique Clothing Warehouse, that sold cheap funky clothes, some army surplus, and all sorts of funky things that a teenager in the 70s would love. I did. The first thing I ever bought there was  a small Norwegian Army canvas bag for just $1.99, I loved it. It was just the right size to put my camera, a pen, small writing pad, and a few other things into.
 Long before my teenage forays into Greenwich Village I dreamed of moving to New York City one day. And in particular, I dreamed of living in Greenwich Village. And guess what? I did. I moved to New York City in December of 1982, to a 2 bedroom apartment with my good friends Jay Fahy. We were very good friends and we both wanted to live in the city. I was already working at a restaurant for almost two years, John’s of 12th Street, a famous old-school Italian Restaurant on East 12th Street in the East Village of New York. A checked out a few apartments and I got lucky when I was able to get a 2 bedroom apartment through a girl I knew (Marta) that I met at John’s. Marta’s mother had gotten an apartemnt for hers son, who shared it with another guy. They ended up living there for only 6 months and wanted to move out. Lucky for me, Mrs. Lagostz let me take the apartment over, though the Witch of a Landlord, Mrs. Schlesinger agreed that I could live there, she wouldn’t put me on the lease, and I had to pay her every month with a Money Order, instead of a check. This was ilegal. She descrimated against me simply because of my age, even though, I’ve always made my own money, I’ve always worked and had a job, and I’ve always paid my rent. Anyway, Jay and I moved into 131 Avenue A, at the corner pf Saint Mark’s Place in December of 1982. We were young guys. I was 24 at the time, and Jay was a couple years older. He had finished Law School, passed the Bar Exam, and became a US Attorney out of Jerset City, New Jersey, He took the Path to work everyday. It was about a 12 minute walk from Avenue A and St Mark’s to get to the Path Station at the corner of 6th Avenue and West 9th Street. Then wait for the train to come and take the 15 minute ride to Jersey City. It was quite good for Jay, and even more ideal for me. I worked 3 nights a week at John’s which was just a short 5 block walk from our apartment. The rent was super cheap, just $400 a month when we started in 1982. Even when I moved out 11 years later, when I got an apartment through Mario Flotta (the owner of Caffe Dante), I was only paying $650 a month rent. I probably should have stayed there, and never left. The problem was the old witch landlored wouldn’t put me on the lease, and because of that I never felt completey secure living there, even though I did, for a substancial 11 years. I get into the details of how and why I left later.
So Jay and I moved in together. We had good times. We did our own thing each, and we’d go out to the local bars and clubs together as well. So, as I said, I was working 3 nights a week at John’s on 12th Street, working as a waiter and bartender, but that wasn’t my only job. I was actually aspiring to become a chef, so I worked cooking in restaurants full time. I’d get a job cooking during the day (4 days), and usually had to cook one dinner shift a week, so I was able to work at John’s. I work 2 jobs for 7 years, always working at John’s those 3 night s a week and cooking during the day full time. Some days I’d have to be into work at 9:30 am to cook the lunch shift or do prep work. I’d work to 4 o’clock, run out of work, hop on a train (Subway) downtownm, get off the train, run home, hop in the shower, then run the 5 blocks to John’s and wait tables until about 12 Midnight. I’d get out of work, then go to some club for a couple hours before going home., always looking for love, and just having good times with friends. As they say, “I worked hard, and played hard.” I was in my twenties and I could do it back then. 
I had some good friends and when I had time I’d go out for dinner, to bars, and clubs each and every week. Some of my favorite bars back in those days were in the East Village, in my very own neighborhood. Probably my favorite was the Holiday Lounge, just a block from my apartement on St Marks Place just a few feet west of 1st Avenue. It was a cool neighborhood East Village Bar, owned by Stephon, a Ukrainian man in his mid 60s I think. The place had a good jukebox, a cool vibe, and best of all I could get a Stoli & Grapefruit (my favorite Cocktail) for just $3 .. Jay loved the place too, and when his brother Richie, and our friends Carlo Cavallo, and Phil Jones would come into the city to visit us, Jay and I would always bring them to The Holiday Lounge and The Pyramid Club on Avenue A. We had lots of great times.
The Holiday Lounge was a great place to go and get prime on a $3 drink, before heading over to one of the Clubs of the day, where drinks were a lot more expensive than the bargain drinks a the Holiday. “Thanks Stephon.” The hot clubs of the day, were The Mudd Club on White Street, Area, The Tunnel, The Undergorund (Union Square), Danceteria, and The Paladium. There was also Underchine which was under The hot Vietnamese Restaurant Indochine, Carmelitas (On Tuesday Nights), The World (Frank Riccio), The Purple Barge, and few other places that might have been hot for a few months, but faded fast and went out of business.
Yes I had great times in my twenties living in New York’s Eats Village, playing hard and working much harder. I worked hard so I could buy good clothes, goo out to eat, and to bars, and clubs, and so after working hard all year long, I could go to Italy every Summer, to Rome, Venice, Positano, Capri, and Spain, and the SOuth of French, on The French Riviera. I busted my butt to do these thing, and I loved it. Working full time cooking in restaurants as a line cook or prep cook, at the time, by the time I paid taxes, I would bring home just about $350 a week. To pay rent (Jay moved out after 1 year), buy clothes, feed myself, go out to eat and have good times, and take my trip to Italy, and some years, a week in Paris in the Winter, I worked those 3 night a week at John’s and made about $400 a week for those 3 nights, so I was pulling in between $700 to $800 a week. Unfortunely I spent most of it, and didn’t really save much in those years, but as I’ve said, I was young and wanted to have a good time. I worked hard jsut so I could do that, so? I do wish I would have saved a little more in those years, but what did I no. I come from a family that didn’t have much, and now that I was an adult and making my own money, I was going to live the good life. And I learned a loit from my travels and doing all the things I did in those formative years of my 20s and 30s. Experiences to last a lifetime.
Some of places I cooked at during those 7 years were : 24 Fifth with Chef Michel Fitousi who was at the time “The King of Nouvelle Cooking” in New York. Michel was really goo to me. I also worked with him at The Palace Restaurant before that (most wxpensive Restuarant in NYC), and at The Stanhope Hotel. I also cooked at Woods on Madison, and Caio Bella Restaurant, and the Odeon with the late great Chef Patrick Clarke, whose uncle was one of my Professors at New York Technical College (Brooklyn), in The Hotel Restaurant Mgt. & Culinart Arts Department of the College.
The reason for working a number of jobs during those 7 years, for those who might not know, when you aspire to become a Chef, you shouldn’t stay with just one restaurant and one chef the first few years you are learning the trade of cooking. You should work about a year at each restaurant with a renowned, skilled chef, then move on to another restaurant, with another great chef, and that’s exactly what I did. I worked with 3 really great chefs. As I’ve already stated, I worked with Patrick Clarke at The Odeon and Cafe Luxenbourg, and with the great Michel Fitousi. I originally wanted to just cook French Food, which I was trained in at Culinary School at New York Tech College. AMoung our numerous textbooks, the most famous was the Escofier Cookbook and Louis Diat’s as well. We had a professor, Professor Ahrens who would always instill in us that we had the Escofier Cookbook as our textbook, and that he was the greatest Chef of All-Time in the history of the World and Culinary Arts, and that we were fortunate to be getting such a great education in the French Culinary Arts, and learning how to cook dishes by Escoffier himself, and to be getting a solid knowledge of French Haute Cuisine, the greatest cuisine in the entire World.
Yes I loved cooking French Food, and I did, but after going to Italy for the first time in 1985, and being of Italian Heritage myself, and Italian Restaurants and authentic Italian Cucisine becoming all the rage in the 1980s, I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook great Italian Food, and so I sought out a great Italian Chef to work with, and to learn authentic Italian Cuisine. Again, I did just that. I applied to 3 great Italian Restaurants with 3 great chefs. I ended up getting offered a job by all 3, but Chef Pasquale at Caio Bella was the first to offer me a job and I took it. Ciao Bella was a hot restaurant at the time. I started working, cooking lunch 4 days a week and 1 dinner. I started learning from Pasquale. Within 2 weeks, the Chef at Arcqua offered me a job, and Chef Sandro at Sandro’s on 59th offered me a job as well, but I already started working with Chef Pasquale at Ciao Bella and I was happy there.
Chef Pasquale taught me how to make a great Ragu Bolognese, Lasagna Bolognese, a tasty Salsa Pomodoro, Timaballo, Gnocchi, a great Pasta Fagioli, Risotto, and other Italian Classics. My boss was Enrico Proetti from Nettuno, Italy, and I’ve stayed friends and stayed in-touch with Enrico to this very day, 24 years later and will beyond that. With my skills in Classical French Cuisine, and my new skills, and dishes taught to me by Chef Pasquale, I was gaining quite a good repetoire of food, and learning more and more of the cusine of Italy.
Durng those years I had  a few girlfiends, including Iris, Isabelle, Merceditas, Dante, and a few other girlfriends in-between.  I started going to Iatly most years, with trips to Paris in-between. I was living and learning about life, working hard, and getting all sorts of experiences.
I met Iris in 1981 before I moved into New York. I fell madly in love with here. She was a gorgeous Peruvian girl. I was mad about her. She had style and grace, and the love making between us was amazing. I never loved any woman in my life the way I loved Iris. She broke up with me after about a year and a half together and I was absolutley crushed. I wanted to marry her. I loved her that much. I was devasted when she brok up with me. I carried a hard torch for Iris for 6 years. After we split up, I went on a tear. I went out with as many women as I could. I thought I was a Playboy, and wanted to make love to beautiful women whenever I could, but I never ever fell in love with any woman they way I loved Iris, and I never ever felt like getting married to any other woman other than Iris, and I never did. I never got married, and as of this writing in 2022, I am not married, I never did get married, and most likely I probably will not ever get married. But who knows? Maybe one day I will. Highly unlikely, but not impossible. It was never really in my heart to get married, other than when I was madly in love with Iris. Though not in my heart, it is in my mind, sort of to get married one day, for I’m worried when I get older, and although I’ve taken care of myself and been on my own since I was just 19 years old, I do know that maybe I shoudl get married and not be alone when I get old (I’m 64 now). Will it ever happen? Who knows?
Yes I was seeing a few girls all the time. I met Isabelle one day in 1983. Her friend Ilma had a Venezuelan Restaurant on 2nd Avenue where I first met Isabelle. It was The 11 Cafe, the 1st ever Venezuelan Restaurant in New York City. I always loved trying new cusines from all around the World, and when this new Venezuelan place opened in the East Village, I wanted to go and check it out, so I went in one night on a night I wasn’t working at John’s. I sat down at the counter and this gorgeous wome says hello and is waiting on me. I was instantlay smitten. She was tall, thin, and gorgeous. He name was Isabelle, and she was helfping her friend Ilma at the restaurant. I ate my first Venezuelan food ever. I think I had Pabellon that night. It’s a palte of Rice & Beans, with fried Sweet Plantains and Carne Mecahda (Braised Shredded Beef). I  was geat. I talked to Isabelle and was smitten as I’ve already stated. I wanted to go out with her, but I didn’t ask her out that night. I went back a couple nights later, and Isabelle was there. We chatted, I had some Arepas, and the vibe was good, and I was shocked when I asked Isabelle if she wanted to go out on a date, she said “Yes, I’d Love to,” I couldn’t beleive it. 
A play on Broadway at the time was 9, which was based on Felini’s film 8 1/2 … The play starred Lilianne Montevecchi and Segio Franchi. I asked Isabelle if she would like to go. She was thrilled, and so I got a pair of tickets for us. The night of the paly I went up to 87th Street to pick Isabelle up and go tot he show. When I got to her apartment, “Wow,” again I was mesmerized. She had a big beautiful apartment, the kind that at the time I could no way afford, and could only dream about. I was both impressed and thrilled. I can’t remember if I found out at The 11 Cafe that Isabell was a top model for Oscar de la Renta or not. It probably was. 
Isabelle made me a drink, and we had a nice time before heading out to go see the Broadway Play “9” … Anyway, Isabelle and I hit it off and became a couple. I loved her, and we had a lot of good times toghether, going to her Venezuelan friends parties (many), going out to the best restaurants around town, naking dinner at her place, hanging out at The 11 Cafe, going to The Village Gate, to a Tina Truner Concert, to Studio 54, and what not. We had lots of good times. I went to all her show she did for Oscar de la Renta, and other runway shows she worked throught the Ellen Harth and Ford Agencies.
We dated for  a year and a half and I was surpised it lasted that long, but in the end, it fizzled out. I’m glad that Isabelle and I had those times together. Sadly Isabelle had liver problems and passed away at a young age in 1999. I think of her often. God Bless you Isabelle, and rest in peace my dear. I always remeber you and our times together. Danny
 
 
 
 
to be Continued ….
 
 
 
 
 
Phillipe Petite
In Washington Square Park
Greenwich Village
 
Phillipe Petite walks a Tight Rope 
 
Over The CATHEDRAL of SAINT JOHN The DEVINE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Phillipe Petit Walks on a tight Rope between The TWIN TOWERS
 
“Balls of Steel”
 
New York City
 
August 7, 1974
 
Phillipe Petit TWIN TOWERS Tight Rope Walk

Petit became known to New Yorkers in the early 1970s for his frequent tightrope-walking performances and magic shows in the city parks, especially Washington Square Park. Petit’s most famous performance was in August 1974, conducted on a wire between the roofs of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA, 400 metres (1,312 feet) above the ground. The towers were still under construction and had not yet been fully occupied. He performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire, during which he walked, danced, lay down on the wire, and saluted watchers from a kneeling position. Office workers, construction crews and policemen cheered him on.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Phillipe Petit
 
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