ROCK N ROLL N COFFEE

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This Painting Perfectly Typifies GROUNDED COFFEE
 
As There are Numerous NUDES hanging on The CAFE WALLS
 
 
 

Today is Thursday April 5th 2018, and my second time at Grounded Coffee Cafe on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, New York. My second trip in 2 days and certainly not my last, as for sure I will come here many more times. This is a great little cafe in a World were cafeshave become few and far between. Well in New York anyway. And to be more specific, in Manhattan and downtown in Greenwich Village, a place that should have many wonderful cafes in each and every part of this wonderful neighborhood that we call The Village. 

For many years, the only cafes in the whole of Manhattan were more or less in just two spots. Those two placces being Little Italy and Greeniwch Village where you had Caffe Dante, Caffe Reggio , Caffe Borgia, Caffe Vivaldi and others. Did you notice that these places are caffes spelled with tow F’s and not one as most people know as in cafe. Two ffs is the Italian way to spell Caffe and al these caffes mention were of the Italian Variety, not French and not American like this one, Grounded Coffee. Well it’s not even called a cafe, but never-the-less it is, and a very good one at that. Grounded Coffee has eeverything a great cafe needs : # 1 they’ve got Great COFFEE which is and absolute must. Two, the place is comfortable and welcoming and has the kind of vibe a good cafe needs. Three, they place great Music, which helps to make the great vibe. Four they have cool people, both the Employees and the customers made of the usual cafe sprinkling of students, writers, artist, and ordinary people who love good Coffee or Tea, and being out in cafes, whether on their own ; reading, writing, surfing the Net, or simply just hanging out, relaxing and enjoying their cafe beverage of choice. And number 5, in this day and age (Now 2018) Free and good Wifi.

 
 
The ROLLING STONES
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“They Don’t Play any CRAP RAP Music at GROUNDED. Just Good Old ROCK ROLL Like The ROLLING STONES, AEROSMITH, The WHO, The DOORS, and more.”
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Grounded Coffee has been open since 2004 and me being the Cafe-Hound that I am, I can’t beleive it took me so long to find this place. I came across the place one night walking around the Village. I just peeked my head in to chceck it out to see if it was the kind of Cafe that I like and if I would want to come back. It was. It is. About a week ago I thought about it when I wanted to go to a cafe one night and didn’t want to go to one of my usual places but was hankering for something new. I thought about Grounded and wanted to go there, but couldn’t remember exactlt where it was and didn’t feel like walking around aimlessly for 20 minutes or so, so I didn’t even give it a shot. Two nights ago on my way over to Western Beef to buy some Sweet Italian Sausages for my Sauce, I just happened to pass by, a boy I was happy I did. I had plenty of time to get over to the grocery store so I decided to pop into Grounded and have a Coffee and finally check out the scene in this good old cafe. Well it was wonderful. The cafe was nice and relaxing, they played Great Music (Great CLASSIC ROCK), like The ROLLING STONES, and the vibe was nice. Speaking of the Vibe, it was the sort of Hippy-ish with its numerous Ceiling Fans, many potted and hanging Plants, Mix & Match Furniture, and Art Students Paintings hanging on the walls. It was Love at First Sight. I  ended up staying 2 and a half  hours before heading out to get my Sausage & Tomatoes  for the SAUCE

So, anyway, that’s it for now. Plain and simple, Grounded Coffee is a Great Cafe and a gift to the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and the People of NEW YORK and the many tourist who visit our Great City.

I Thank You, The PEOPLE of GRANDED COFFEE ,

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

They Play GREAT MUSIC

Mostly CLASSIC ROCK :

“I LOVE IT” !!!
Today’s Set List :

SWEET – YOU LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN

FREE RIDE by Grand Funck Railroad

The ROLLING STONES – Gimme Shelter


CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
DONOVAN “LOLA”

PINBALL WIZARD – 



The WHO

PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE of THE MOON


LED ZEPPELIN

JIM MORRISON

The DOORS



STEPPINWOLF “MAGIC CARPET RIDE”

MARK BOLAN “GET IT ON BANGA GONG” 

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “DON’T YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO LOVE” ?

and Much MORE …

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Ozersky Best Burger in America

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The late great JOSH OZERSKY once proclaimed The BURGER at Raouls’ French Bistro on Prince Street in Soho, New York “America’s Best Burger.” Well, the Burger is pretty Dam Good but we don’t think we’d proclaim it the Best in America. Maybe among America’s Best, but we’d not say America’s Single # 1 Best Burger in the USA. We loved Josh, we miss him and his wonderfully unique style and utter enthusiasm, and that when he loved something, he call it “New York’s Best,” or America’s Best as in the case for Josh’s love for the Burger at Raoul’s of which just 12 are made per night.

We highly respect Josh and his decision, and Josh was usually right or not far off the mark, so we’ll call The Burger at Raoul’s one of New York’s Best, or one of America’s most wonderful Burgers, just not the single best.

Basta !

 

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Inside Raoul’s

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A Night at RAOUL’S

Soho

NEW YORK

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REMEMBERING JOSH OZERSKY

RIP

 

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Learn The Secrets

to a GREAT BURGER

And How to Make The PERFECT STEAK

HOT COFFEE a Poem

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HOT COFFEE

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Hot Coffee

I Love thee So

 

Do You Love Me?

It matters not

My love for thee, is unrequited

Whether you love me or not

Still thee do I Love

You’re warm You’re Hot

I Love It HOT !

Your taste

Oh so Good

I need you

whether or not 

you need me …

Still, you’re always there

for Me

Each and every day

every morning the Year thorugh

Year After Year

you’re there

For Me

and I have thee

whether or not you want me

Your’e Hot

then warm

then cold

Kind of like Love

Still, you’re always there

I have you two or three times a day

sometimes more

You comfort me 

you’re always there

You’re coffee

sometimes Sweet

sometimes not

you can be bitter at times

but I love when you’re Hot!

Coffee, Thanks for your Comfort, your taste

  your consistency

You’re Coffee

I Love thee so



a  Poem by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke










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Saint Valentines Day Massacre 2018 Florida

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The WHITE HOUSE FLAG at HALF MASS
 
 
After Parkland Florida School Massacre
 
 
 
CELEBRITY’S SPEAK OUT AGAINST GUN LAWS
 
And PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ‘S POSITION
 
 
 
Following the news of a shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school on Wednesday, Hollywood took to Twitter to offer condolences and rally for gun control.
A gunman, 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz, opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing at least 17 people, according to law enforcement. Cruz, who was a former student at the high school, has since been taken into custody after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
Ellen DeGeneres called for change. “No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country,” she wrote on Twitter.
 
 
 
 
 
Chelsea Handler
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Steven King
 
 
 
 
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We Need POLICY CHANGE
 
 
 
 
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BETTE MIDLER
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Parent and Child
 
After Saint Valentines Day Massacre
 
at High School in Parkland Florida
 
 
 
 
 
 
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NOT AGAIN !

 

WHEN WILL IT END ?

 
 
WHEN WILL PROPER GUN LAWS BE PASSED ?
 
 
FUCK The NRA
 
 
 
 
#FuckTheNRA
 

 

New York s Best Dive Bars

 

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Inside MILANO’S

NEW YORK’S QUENTISENTIAL DIVE BAR

Milano’s Bar, 51 Houston, near Mott Street
Milano’s Bar, which opened in 1923, is the most successful of its predecessors. (Bars have been on the site since the 1880s.) Milano’s has been hailed—and no doubt, toasted—as being one of New York’s best old-school dive bars. Walking by the bar on the way home from a friend’s art opening one night, I spied this gentleman smoking a cigarette, looking classically old-school himself. Listening as I asked if I might take his picture, I handed him a small photo I happened to have on me showing a group of NYC police officers I had photographed a few months ago. He nodded, folded the photo twice, and put it in his pocket. Raymond grew up on Lower East Side. Having been drafted into the Vietnam War, he’s been a window washer ever since. He hates how rich people moved into the neighborhood, making all the rents skyrocket. Raymond was very forthright about an extremely uncomfortable situation with his mother-in-law. Suffice it to say that she is no longer his mother-in-law as he is no longer married. “Don’t get me wrong. She was a good-looking woman. But it was a no-win situation.” Apparently everyone always tells him he looks like Jerry Orbach, which drives him nuts. (Humorously, though, he was the one who brought it up to me.) Raymond said that Orbach was originally a song and dance man, that he played in “The Fantastiks” just down the road when he was starting out, and that he requested his eyes be donated when he died. Famous neighbors and happenings within a couple of city blocks of the bar): •Nikola Tesla’s first lab •Harry Connick Jr. • David Bowie (who, it sadly happened, died on the night that this photo was taken) •LL Cool J •Jean-Michel Basquiat •Pivotal baptism scene from “The Godfather” in Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, starring Al Pacino as Michael Corleone •”The Godfather III” scene featuring Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa, a Cadillac, and the Virgin Mary Signs.
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The BAR
At BLUE & GOLD
BLUE & GOLD BAR …  79 East 7th Street, East Village, NY NY

Everybody’s favorite East Village dive pulls in a regular crowd of college kids, bikers, local senior citizens and random eccentrics—like the long-haired guy whose only sound is a high-pitched shriek. Mixed drinks run for as little as four dollars, but that means the pretty Ukrainian owner will have to head to the fridge in the back room for juice, and you might be out of luck with ice. Stay long enough to play pool on the ratty table and mine the juke’s selection of hits from the ’60s to the ’80s. But if at all possible, use the bathroom elsewhere—don’t say we didn’t warn you.

ExtraIn addition to black-and-white photographs documenting the bar’s history, Blue & Gold’s walls are decorated with fading pictures of European men blowing long Alphorns.

 

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The POOL TABLE at BLUE & GOLD

 

 

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BLUE & GOLD

 

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Lucy’s

Formerly Blanche’s

“Hasn’t lost any of its former Dive Bar Charm with the Name Change.”

LUCY’S 135 Avenue A … East Village, NY NY  “Still a Classic East Village Dive Bar.”

If this East Village mainstay looks like a film-worthy drown-your-sorrows dive, right down to the Miller Lite lamps illuminating the two pool tables, it might be because a few movies have been shot here. Their posters hang on the mahogany walls along with red fluorescent tube lights, round mirrors, porcelain knick knacks, and a Polish flag representing the eponymous owner’s home country. Boufanted babushka Lucy has been working the bar ever since the late 70s when Lucy’s was Blanche’s was still on St. Mark’s. Most nights she can still be found cuing up the jukebox and winking and grinning while she pours drinks heavy. The beer selection is larger than the cafeteria tables and the dropped panel ceilings would imply, and somehow the two well-worn pool tables in the back don’t draw knuckleheads. (You can thank nearby Doc Holliday’s for that.) Toward the end of the week, the place can get packed with weekend warriors drawn by the neon signs but the vibe remains amicable and the jukebox (of old new wave) is never too loud to prevent you from meeting a neighbor.

 

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LUCY’S on Avenue A

 

 

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The HORSESHOE BAR

aka 7B

Corner of East 7th Street and AVenue B in The EAST VILLAGE

“A CLASSIC EAST VILLAGE DIVE BAR, serving Cheap Drinks and $4 BEERS. It’s refreshing in this day and age with rediculously priced Cocktails at $16 $17 and up. In places like 7B , BLUE & GOLD BAR, and MILANO’S, you can still go and have 3 Beers with your friends and not have to spend a Small Fortune for the pleasure.”

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The Famous HORSESHOE BAR at 7B

Vazac 7B

Where You Can Still get a $4 BEER

 

Click Here for More on 7B Bar (History)

 

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The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK 

ABIDE in IT !

 

 

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