Here are more photos from last night.
Thank you, Jim, Mick and the rest of the Ryans Daughter gang for welcoming us to your home.
Our next Stoops to Nuts show at Ryan's will be in February. When we arrange the date, I'll let you know and if you like, check out my blog below.
Over the next year, I'm working on a one man show called, "City Boy." It's about street life in Yorkville over the past century. A lost world I will re-animate through story, photos, love letters, music and more. "City Boy" title is dedicated to Herman Wouk's wonderful book about Herbie Bookbinder's Bronx world in the 1920s.
My story starts on Avenue A in 1896 and ends on York Avenue in 1972. The Second Avenue subway's triggered a powerful gentrification that will wipe out most of the Yorkville walk-up tenements on Second Avenue, First Avenue and York Avenue. Plus that one row of tenements left on East End Avenue.
Street light in the morning and late afternoon will be minimal inside the canyon of shadows formed by the new tall buildings. It's already started. Before it goes further, I want to share the emotional memories of the Yorkville I grew up in, share the older memories I learned through the storytellers in my family. It's essential I know where I came from. This place, this warren, formed who I am. I still see Yorkville as it was, it's a double feature that plays in my head and I will share it all with you.
|Walter & Tommy|
|art by Joe Dettmore|
Do you like old New York City photos and street life stories? Then check out my 1960s memoir,"I Hate the Dallas Cowboys - tales of a scrappy New York boyhood."Available at Logos Book Store and online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.