Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dylan Thomas and The WHITE HORSE TAVERN




White Horse Tavern

Greenwich Village


We've lost far too many great old restaurants, bars, and hsitorical buildings over the years, thankfully a few have survived, like John's of East 12th Street, McSorley's Ale House, Th Old Town Bar, and the White Horse Tavern, which recently changed ownership and had New Yorker's worried we'd lose another great old joint. In the past few years, sadly we lost DeRobertis Italian Pastry Shop and Lanza's Restaurant two doors away from DeRobertis. This great old Sicilian-American food establishments were both more than 110 years old before shuttering their doors for the final time. It's an absolute "Sin" we lost these two great old Italian spots, that are irreplaceable.

Well back to the White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street in Greenwich Village. Yes we all had quite a scare when the White Horse closed a few months ago. Luckily, it was just temporary. The new owners have re-opened the place and promise to keep the charming old decor much the same, though the type of food and place the White Horse will be, is going to change. We here, the place is going to have a more upscale (expensive) menu, akin to places like Minetta Tavern and what Chumley's became, after the building collapsed, was re-built, then Chumley's was re-opened not as the modest (inexpensive) casual old bar of Greenwich Village that it was its whole life, it re-opened as another Minetta Tavern / Waverly Inn wannabe (expensive). Cocktails are $15, tax and tip, which comes to about $20 a drink. That's not cheap. Three  drinks there will cost you about Sixty Dollars. Dylan Thomas would be appalled.

Now we have nothing against these higher-priced restaurants that take over great old Greenwich Village spots (or do we), we're just reporting, and stating facts. The facts are, that you can't get a cheaper dinner at these place, and so they are just about prohibitive to a certain portion of the population. No longer spots for starving artists, writers, or Beat Poets.

Now  a little on the history of the beloved White Horse Tavern of Greenwich Village. The bar opened in 1880, at which time it was primarily a bar that longshoremen, sailors, and other blue-collar workers frequented. In the 1950s the White Horse Tavern (nicknamed "Horse") had become favored by writers, artists, and poets. One poet in particular who frequented the White Horse was the Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas, who after having 18 shots of Whiskey at "The Horse," collapsed outside in front of the White Horse, and was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital nearby, where he later died. Jack Kerouac, Anis Ninn, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, James Baldwin, and Mary Travers (of Peter Paul & Mary) also frequented the White Horse Tavern over the years.






Dylan Thomas

At the Bar

At The WHITE HORSE TAVERN

"The HORSE"

GREENWICH VILLAGE

NEW YORK




The WHITE HORSE TAVERN


NY NY






The White Horse Tavern

Circa 1920s





Dylan Thomas

Behind The Bar

At "The HORSE"

Greenwich Village

NEW YORK



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Thursday, June 20, 2019

History Caffe Reggio Italian Coffee





Caffe Reggio

Greenwich Village

New York






CAFFE REGGIO

The Movie

MACDOUGAL STREET

GREENWICH VILLAGE




DOMENICO PARISI

The Founding Father of CAFFE REGGIO

Domenico Opened Caffe Reggio in 1927

He had a Barbershop there before, but it was always his dream to open an Italian Caffe. He scraped together the money to buy an Italian Espresso Machine that cost $1,000. A huge some in 1927. He opened the caffe, which was the 1st caffe in America with a coffee machine like they had bacck in Italy, but America never had one, not until Domenico purchased his and brought it to Geenwich Village, New York.

Domenico Parisi was from Reggio Calabria in Calabria, Italy, near Sicily. This is where his caffe gets its name Caffe Reggio from.




Dominico's Magnificent Machine




Mr Cavalacci

With DOMENICO'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINE

The CAVALACCI FAMILY bought Caffe Reggio from the Parisi's in the late 1950s.





CAFFE REGGIO

Circa 1950s

NYC




CAFFE REGGIO

Photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke






Caffe Reggio

Painting from The SCHOOL of CARAVAGGIO (Upper Right Corner)





A RENAISSANCE BENCH

From a MEDICI PALACE

FLORENCE

This bench is a Museum Piece, but it is not roped-off as one would think. You can actually sit in it, sipping your Cappuccino, people watching, as you admire a painting from The School of Caravaggio and other antiques and artwork. It's just magnificent, and only in New York, as they say, could you sit in a Renaissance Bench.


"And not only that. Look what;s Next !"




A CEILING FAN From CASABLANCA


The GREATEST MOVIE of ALL-TIME

Starring : HUMPHREY BOGART , INGRID BERGMAN

SIDNEY GREENSTREET,  PETER LORRE

and CLAUDE RAINES





Interview with FABRIZIO CAVALACCI

Owner of Caffe Reggio Since 1972

His Family bought the Caffe in 1955


Fabrizio tells the hsitory of Caffe Reggio. He said that before Dominic Parisi opened the caffe, he had a Barber Shop in the space. A Haircut was 10 Cents and took about 20 minutes to do one. Fabrizio says that Domenico's customers demanded a cup of Espresso with their haircut. After a while Domenico figured he'd open a caffe, as he could serve many more customers and make better profit than doing haircuts which he could only do 2 or 3 in an hour. And so Caffe Reggio was born in 1927 on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village, New York.






AL PACINO

At CAFFE REGGIO








Christopher Walken


NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE




NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE





In The Movie SERPICO


AL PACINO plays Frank Serpico

Frank Serpico (in the Movie) lives on 5-7 MINETTA STREET
around the block from Caffe Reggio. In the movie, Serpico is taking Spanish Class at New York University, and one of his classmates, a girl says that she works at CAFFE REGGIO ...






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SPAGHETTI SAUCE alla PACINO





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