With temperatures hitting record highs this Summer, Brooklyn is Hot!!
Literally Hot! But the temperature isn’t the only thing that’s heating up in New York City’s hippest borough.
The Brooklyn Art Scene is on fire right now!!
Save the dates for the up coming art shows and event where my work will be featured and shown this Summer in Brooklyn.
8/9/12 – Thursday 8:00PM – 12:00AM
Coming up in September:
Wonk Furniture – Photo Coaster Launch and wine tasting
Dumbos Arts Festival September. 28-30th – Location TBD
Hope to see you there!!
Until then enjoy some of my images from Brooklyn. Courtesy of freedomstudiosnyc.com
Everybody knows that Brooklyn is where it’s at right now! Williamsburg, DUMBO, Red Hook, Smith Street. But not too many people have ventured down to lower Atlantic Avenue to the famous sailor haunt Montero’s.
My Dad a career Navy man said that Montero’s has been a well-known watering hole for “Swabbies” for decades since the era of “On the Waterfront” – Starring Marlon Brando. A true drinking bar, this is not the place to find drinks with funny names shaken into pastel colors. But hard drinks for people who wanna get drunk fast!!
I was fortunate enough to be there on a Saturday Night where my sources informed me that Amethyst will be showing up with a Kareoke machine sometime around 10PM.
I met three “Singer-Ringers” that convinced me to do a couple of standard numbers. Which I was totally into. Being the closet performer that I am! 🙂
I also had the “Honor” of taking a special request from Miss Carol who is one of the regulars. When she said it was a Whitney Houston song I almost declined. But when she told me it was her 1st husband’s favorite song. Then how can you turn that down!
I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. But when I turned away from the tele-prompter to sing her a few lines. I noticed that she was getting very emotional. I had struck a cord!
With tears in her eyes, she thanked me and I realized that we both had gotten something out of this performance!
I can’t guarantee that you’ll have the same experience. But if you find yourself on Atlantic on a late Saturday night, then stop into Montero’s and don’t forget to buy Carol a drink!!
PBR $4 – Jamesons $6 – Closing down Montero’s to Carol singing “Fever” , PRICELESS!!
Photo courtesy of Freedomstudiosnyc.com
THE MARS BAR – EAST VILLAGE, NY
Have you ever walked by somewhere that reminds you of an era? A place that stays suspended in time. Just to make sure that you never forget . Well that place was The Mars Bar in the East Village of New York City for me. This photo series on The Mars Bar which recently closed is personal tribute to a New York City institution!
The Mars Bar was the 1st bar that I’d ever went to in the East Village. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot the Mars Bar before it closed and meet the owner who had kept this East Village Mecca open for 26 years!
If you didn’t get a chance to have a shot and a beer or play a song that you hadn’t heard in a while on the jukebox or even laugh with a complete stranger that you’d just met who happens to be the owner, then I hope this gives you small glimpse from the inside out into the Experience called The Mars Bar!
RIP -Mars Bar!!
Photos Courtesy of Freedomstudios