1960s Drive-In Theater
Somewhere in America
I came across this vintage poster of a 1960s American Drive-In Theater filled great old cars from the 60s. I see a Chevy Impala Convertible, a Lincoln Continental, and a Woody Station-wagon that looks like a Ford. Oh the good old days. Going to see a movie at a Drive-In theater was loads of fun. And look at those cars? Things of Beauty. Not like the ugly machines they make today, the cars of later 50s, 1960s, and 70s were gorgeous looking machines full of character, and style, unlike what Detroit and Japan churn turn out today, they’re ugly, have no character, and pretty much all look the same. And don;t get me started on the differences in music, between the God Awful Crap they’ve been making for the past 20 years, versus all the fabulous music made in the 50s, 60s, and 1970s America and England as well.
Anyway, back to the drive-ins. Yes we saw lots of great movies at those old drive-in theaters. I remember seeing Cinderella, I guess when I was just about 4 years old. My cousin Artie took us to see Winning with Paul Newman and Robert Wagner. I saw a bunch of movies at the drive-in, including The Godfather, in the Summer of 1972. My dad took me, my brother Jimmy and our friend Terry to see that epic film at the Route 3 Drive-In in Rutherford. Later on, when I was a teenager, I’d take my friends, one sitting up front with me, and tow of my friends, in the time-honored tradition of young American men and teenage boys, a smuggled two of my friends in the large trunk of my 1967 Chevy Impala so they didn’t have to pay, and we saved money to buy Popcorn and Sodas. These are my drive-n movie memories in 1960s and 70s America. A thing that, sadly faded into the American Cultural Sunset.
Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper
Gwyneth Palthrow as Margot Tenenbaum
In Wes Anderson’s The ROYAL TENENBAUM’S
The walls of Margot Tenenbaum’s bedroom and bathroom were covered with the famed Scalamandre “Gino Restaurant” red ZEBRA WALLPAPER. We guess Wes Anderson was a Fan?
This is The Famous Wallpaper
At the Old GINO RESTAURANT
NEW YORK , NY
Sadly GINO’S Closed in 2010
Recipe “GINO’S SECRET SAUCE”
Scalamandre ZEBRA WALLPAPER
READ About GINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
SECRET SAUCE & ZEBRAS
“My Decatur Street Triple Header New Orleans” what is it, you ask? It’s quite a wonderful thing and one I suggest you do if you find yourself in the fare city of New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve been going down there for some time now, and know a thing or two about this, one of America’s great cities, and certainly the most unique. As most people know, New Orleans is renowned for its food and restaurants, along with wonderful architecture and of course great music. But, you got to know which restaurants and other eateries are best, and the same goes for the music.
Now, down to the food and drink, and my Deccatur Street Triple Header. OK, you still want to know, “what the Hell is It?” Well I first discovered that great sandwich, the Muffuletta at Central Grocery, along with the wonderful ritual of Beignets and Cafe Creme (Coffee) at Cafe du Monde on my first trip to the Big Easy with my Brother Michael, way back in 1995. We went to both these places, as well as the 3rd spot in my Triple Header, when we went for dinner at Tujague’s after my sister-in-law Eileen won a little money on a Slot Machine on the Paddle Boat Casino that we took a ride on. “Thanks Eileen,” we had a great time there at Tujague’s, all having their famous Table d’ Hote Dinner.
Now back to My Decatur Street Triples Header. First off, the first thing is heading over to the Central Grocery for their World Famous Sandwich, the Muffuletta which was invented there over 100 years ago by the Sicilian immigrant owner Salvatore Lupo. The sandwich is made, first off we start with the bread which the sandwich gets its name from, a large round loaf Sicilian “Muffoletta Bread” is a large flat loaf of bread. The bread is cut in half horizontally, then stuffed with Italian Provolone Cheese, Mortadella, Ham, and Salami and topped with the famous Olive Salad, made with large Green Sicilian Olives, Celery, Roast Peppers, and pickled Vegetables dressed in olive oil and Oregano. The Sandwich is one of the World’s Great Culinary Delights and the perfect way to start my cherished Decatur Street Triple Header.
I must warn you that the current owner of Central Grocery who married into the Lupo family is one “Miserable Bastard,” who has the personality of a Dead Fish. Just Horrible. Don’t worry, the sandwich makes up for it. Order your sandwich, give the miserable bastard the money for the sandwich, don’t let his “Horrible Attitude” bother you, get your sandwich, take it to the counter and eat it in delightful Bliss.
And a Barq’s ROOT BEER
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Creme & Beignets
CAFFE du MONDE
The next stop on my Triple Header of Decatur Street New Orleans, is to me, one of the greatest places, not just in New Orleans, but of all of Gods Good Earth, “seriously, I Love this place.” Why’s it so great? Well it’s one of those places were everybody and anybody who goes to New Orleans goes here, to do what you do, when you got to the Cafe du Monde, and that’s to eat Beignets covered with tons of Powdered Sugar every day 24/7, 365 days a year, “Cafe du Monde never closes.” And to go with your tasty fresh fried French Beignets, you get a Cafe Creme chicory coffee, that taste so good. And it’s all cheap enough for everyone to partake. This is my # 2 in my New Orleans Triple Header.
No. 3 on “My DECATUR STREET TRIPLE HEADER”
Now on to # 3, as we head back down Decatur Street to the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, “Tujague’s” and their stand-up bar for a Grasshopper Cocktail. Yes, I said a Grasshopper Cocktail. And you’re wondering why a Grasshopper(? Well, the drink was invented right here in 1918 by bartender Philip Guichet. Most people who go to the “Long Bar” at Tujague’s have no idea the drink was invented here, and the 3 times I came here and ordered one, and everyone started to ask me what I was drinking, and after I told them, everyone in the bar started ordering Grasshoppers too. “I love doing this.”
Having a GRASSHOPPER COCKTAIL
with a Friend at “The LONG BAR”
Me & My MUFFULETTA
New York and the $3.00 PBR, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been a God-Send to many New Yorkers. As you all know, the US Economy has been in the Shitter for the past 5 years or so.
Now when it comes to socializing, going out for a few Beers or Cocktails with some friends, you’ve had to cut back on that too. But hey, you gotta draw a line somewhere, and everyone is entitled to a few drinks to unwind every now and then, and to be with friends. Yes times are bad, people are hurting, you need your friends more than ever. And having a few Beers or Drinks is one of the most common adult ways to do so. It’s natural and part of everyday life. You should be able to have two or three drinks or beers and not have to spend a small fortune doing so. You should be able to have 2 beers for about $10 including tip, and about $16 for tow drinks including tip. That’s reasonable. That’s what most people pay around America, and even less. But we don’t live in America, we live in the greatest City in The World, New York, and Cocktails and Beers here can be oh-so-dear. “Expensive!” Expensive as Hell, “Ridiculously Expensive.” It’s absurd and outrageous, with many places thinking it’s normal and OK to charge $16.00 or more for a measly little Cocktail made by a friggin so-called “Mixologist.” Ha!
It’s not OK, what’s a person to do? So yes, we live in New York, and having a couple cocktails here can be a costly undertaking.. What is a Poor Working Guy or Working Girl to do??? Well Boys and Girls, let’s Thank God for that great thing of wonder and the Bars and establishments who so graciously and kindly serve it, The $3.00 PBR, That’s right, a $3.oo Beer in The Land of The Over-Priced $16.00 Cocktail, Manhattan, New York, NY….. It’s quite Sad, Greedy too, not to mention “Ridiculous Ludicrous and Insane.”
Well, do the Math, and if you can afford $75 for only 4 drinks, God Bless You. And if you can’t, you’ve got an alternative. Right, your local $3.00 PBR Joint. They’re a God-Send.
Copyright 2008 Daniel Bellino Zwicke
PLACES To GET A $3.00 PBR in NEW YORK
BLUE & GOLD BAR in the East Village, on East 7th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Blue & Gold has long been a favorite of mine ever since I lived in the East Village from 1982 to 1994. It’s just a cool ol normal old style bar with a pool table, standard 50’s 60’s Bar Decor, and Best-of-All $3.00 PBR’S and $6.00 Cocktails. I love it.7B a.k.a. The Horseshoe Bar, also in the East Village, a bastion of cheap and fare prices in Manhattan and Land of The $3.00 PBR and other $3 and $4 Beers. 7B is located on the corner of Avenue B at 7th Street, hence the name “7B” … The nickname Horseshoe Bar comes from the shape and dimensions of the bar, “Horseshoe Shaped.” The bar has been the setting of numerous movie shoots, including the scene in Godfather II when Frankie Pantangeli (Frankie 5 Angels) goes to this bar for a meeting with the Rosato Brothers, and Danny Aiello raps a Piano-Wire around his neck. A scene from Crocodile Dundee and other movies as well …. But Best of all, at 7B they serve $3.00 Beers, cheap drinks, and they have a photo and sell Potato Chips and Pretzels which practically no bars in Manhattan ever do any more. And this is a good thing when you get the munchies from the Beer. Glory Hallelujah, thank God for 7B ..
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
NEW YORK & The $3 PBR RE-VISITED 2019
I first wrote this piece way back in 2008. I was unemployed at the time, and not doing as well as I am today. What a difference a decade makes. No, I’m sill not rich, no where near it, though I have saved a bit more money, and definitely doing a lot better than I was when I wrote “New York & The $3 PBR,” and how much it meant to me, and a good many New Yorker’s at the time when New York and America had gone into a major recession and financial downturn. Many lost their jobs, as did I, and millions other fellow Americans. Many lost their jobs, and got new jobs at half their previous pay and even worst. And on top of it, the average price of a cocktail in New York was somewhere around $14, and many places at $16 &$17 before tip. Just figure on Twenty Dollars a drink at those places. And with sky-high rents, what was a person to do? If you wanted to go for 2 or three drinks, it could cost you $40 to $60 just for a few drinks. Again, “What is a person to do?” I person has to drink, doesn’t one? Well no, it’s not really a necessity, like, air, water, food. Or is it? Yes, for many it is. The ability to go out for two or three drinks, and not pay, “An Arm & a Leg” so to speak. Shouldn’t your average Jane or Joe Shmoe be able have two or three drinks for just about 20 Bucks or less, including tax, tip, drinks, everthing? “Hell Yeah!” Well my good friends, just like back in 2008 when I wrote New York & he $3 PBR, believe it or not, you can still go to bars in NY and get a three dollar beer, a $3 PBR, and even for just $2.00 … “I Love it!” This is certainly good news. I was thinking about those places, and wondering, did they still have $3 Beers? Yes They do. There are even places where you can go and get a Shot & a Beer for just Six Bucks. Yes I said $6.00 … “Well, where the Hell are they,” you want to know? Read on my friends.
WHERE to GET $3 BEERS & MORE CHEAP DRINKS in NEW YORK ?
BLUE & GOLD BAR … East 7th Street, EAST VILLAGE, NY NY … “They Still Got $3 PBRs” and you can get a SHOT & BEER for just $6.oo … “Still my Favorite Bar” in NEW YORK
7B Horseshoe Bar at the corner of East 7th Sreet & Avenue B in he East Village of New York … Yes they sill have $3 PBRs and other Beers, and one of the Very Few Bars in NEW YORK where you can still buy Pretzels & Potato Chips , “Love It!”
169 BAR … Lower East Side, NEW YORK NY … $3 PBR’S, GENESSEE CREAM, MILLER HIGH LIFE, MILLER LITE and other Beers.
RUDY’S … 627 9th Avenue “HELL’S KITCHEN” NEW YORK NY, between 44th & 45th Streets … Pitchers of BEER for Only $8.00 & FREE HOT-DOGS .. $3 Pints of RUDY’S BLONDE LAGER
MILANO’S “New York’s Favorite Dive Bar” ,, 51 East Houston Street, New York, NY .. No, they may not have $3 PBRs, but $4 cans of ROLLING ROCK, a great Jukebox, and the fact that it’s NYs Favorite Dive Bar is good enough for me. I’ve had lots of wonderful times here, spent banging back a few brews, dropping cash into the Jukebox to play all my favorite songs (NO HIP HOP RAP CRAP), and sing along with my Pals. We’ve had many legendary nights here.
Note Old CASH REGISTER
WELCOME to The JOHNSON’S … 123 Rivington Street, NY NY … $2 PBR’S
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