Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Greenwich Village bars recall the good old 1970s for me; there's hidden musical talent everywhere
My old haunts in NYC seem a lot like they were in the 1970s, just more high tech.
Julius’s (one of the oldest gay bars in the Nation) now entertains us with high definition baseball, giving a tour of the Minnesota Twins’s new ballpark at Target Center, one of the most interest outfields in MLB. The brass dachshunds are still on the floor. When the stucco 1826 building it is in was renovated, it was taken apart and put back together piece by piece. This is a place where "The Bugler Boy" gets played as background music, and where the cheeseburgers are delicious, and inexpensive by NYC standards. The bar says that in 1966, demonstrators came in and challenged the bar to serve "known homosexuals" when New York City had been trying to "eliminated" gay bars for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. The demonstration helped end the practice of closing bars without "Mafia protection" as was widely rumored in the early 1970s as I "came out" a second time!
Stonewall Inn, during the week, seems to be a women’s bar, with some karaoke upstairs.
Boots and Saddle was one of my favorites when I lived in NYC in the mid and late 1970s. I played on its softball team in 1978, in a field on Leroy Street that was so small that “over the fence” was just a double. I remember getting a clutch single in a game Sunday night on Pride Day 1978, during an eventful period in my life personally.
Last night, Boots and Saddle had a “Mr. Boots and Saddle” contest as a kind of masculine “drag show”. The winner had the odd sculpture in the hair on the back part of his scalp to show musical treble clefs. Don’t know where he shines as to musical talent (piano or otherwise).