Category Archives: brooklyn

Goodbye Columbus Day

Before the arrival of Christo Columbo in 1492, the New World was filled with empires, confederations, republics, city-states, and tribal lands. These diverse peoples represented a broad scattering of cultures. The population of the two connected continents has been estimated by modern historians to be approximately twenty-five million people from the Bering Straits to the […]

Hoegaarten Beer End of Summer

Beer is better than good in Belgium. Back in the 80s I drank in a bar behind the Gallerie des Reines. A small bar. No one of consequences frequented the back street bar. Seats for 10. Draft beer. Le Mort Subite and Hoegaarten. One great for winter. The other superb for summer. The tradition survived […]

Billboard’s Top 30 Summer Songs

Most American radio stations run down the Top 1000 songs of all time during the July 4th Weekend. The playlist pleasantly passes the time on the beach. Sunbathers never notice the burn until their skin is the color of an Easter Ham. Once back in the SUV they inevitably crank up the AC and turn […]

A Long Walk Into Year 66

Last year Chef Dave from 169 cooked a Memorial Day BBQ on his roof deck in Bushwick. I brought a bottle of Chardonnay. I ate hamburgers, hot dogs, and drank wine, Jagermeister, and tequila. Someone gave me a magic mushroom. It had a red cap. Another handed me a marijuana gummie. I did them all […]

RAINY SEASON by Peter Nolan Smith

Last week New York was scorched by a heat wave. The temperature ranged from 95 in the shade to 110 on the tar. I hid out in the 169 Bar, but decided to leave the comfort of my favorite to take the ferry to Rockaway Beach. I called Geoffrey. He was always up for the […]