Category Archives: Nightlife

BAG OF NAILS by Peter Nolan Smith

Nicky Barnes was a drug dealing legend from the 70s. He ran his heroin empire from Harlem under the protection of the Lucchese crime syndicate. ‘Crazy Joe’ Gallo was his godfather and helped Barnes create ‘the Council’ to run the trade north of 125th Street. Barnes earned the name ‘Mr. Untouchable’ for his skill at […]

Cops In The Good Old Days

Nightclub raconteur Steve Lewis wrote on Blackbook.com that the NYPD harassment of the nightclub GREENHOUSE appeared to be blatant racism. http://www.blackbookmag.com/racism-core-greenhouse-harassment/ That certainly seems to be the case. The police hate nightclubs, because they don’t get payoffs like the ‘good ole days’ unless they put pressure on the joint and then the ‘bagman’ comes to […]

GUNS GUNS GUNS by Peter Nolan Smith

American boys loved guns in the 50s. Plastic weapons lay gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree. Our movie heroes slaughtered the country’s enemies on the silver screen and tough cops performed gun ballets on prime time TV. Guns were good for the country and America was good to guns. Armed with air rifles my older brother, […]

MY LIFE WITH A PORNO STARLET #1 by Peter Nolan Smith

NEW YORK 1978 That winter I entered the Victory Theater on 42nd Street to view THE VIOLATION OF CLAUDIA. A friend had recommended the hour-long XXX film about a housewife lured into prostitution, saying, “There’s not much of a story, but the skinny actress has no breasts just how you like your women. A little […]

Combat Zone Amnesia

In the 60s urban social scientists suggested to Boston officials that the city create an adult entertainment area between the bus station on Boylston Street and Chinatown to contain the wickedness of mankind. The experiment green-lighted prostitution, drag queens, piano bars, go-go bars, rent boys, and pornography along Washington Street and the adjacent blocks. The […]