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A Wake For Rocky's - Riffs and Licks
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A Wake For Rocky's
I'll be on the radio this afternoon doing a few songs on Radio Free Eireann, and later in the day playing as part of a wake for the closing of yet another New York City music venue, along with Mike Skliar. Rocky Sullivan's, the political Irish bar (or is it an Irish political bar?) run by Chris Byrne, formerly of Black 47, is closing this week. (At least, closing its original Lexington Avenue location; it's apparently reopening in besieged Red Hook.)

Radio Free Eireann is on WBAI, 99.5 FM, from 1.30 to 3, and streams live at stream.wbai.org. The wake at Rocky's starts at 4pm, and Rocky's is on Lexington Avenue between 28th and 29th.

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harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: July 28th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have a good time! Nothing quite like a good old fashioned Irish wake!

And what is it with Red Hook? Every time I hear about something happening, it's happening in Red Hook.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 28th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Red Hook is under attack by big-box stores (Fairway, the obscene Ikea for which the Revere Sugar Factory and a series of historic warehouses were torn down) and by rising rents. I'm afraid that it won't be long before the places that make it special will be forced out and it will look like everything else.
harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: July 29th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw some joke on "Overheard in NYC" about Red Hook. Two guys were talking and one of them says, "What's Red Hook?" and the other guy says it's an area in Brooklyn real estate agents created.

I heard people from Manhattan were buying property there because it was so much cheaper than property in Manhattan. They were buying and renovating (or apparently, tearing down) old buildings.

I went to a bar there called "The Hook" with friends one night. I was enjoying myself and I think we left too early. There was a "Battle of the Bands" going on. These two skinny, long haired girls with guitars got on. They looked ever so sweet off stage, but they were snarling tigresses on stage - they were punk rockers! It was a comical transformation.

Anyway, I digress. Red Hook looks interesting, from what I've seen of it, which isn't much. I will be sorry to see it gentrified (or torn down, gutted and plowed under, as the case may be).
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 29th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's funny, because Red Hook is actually an older name, and neighborhoods like "Carroll Gardens" were created in the 1950s, essentially to distinguish the white side of Robert Moses' segregation line (the Gowanus Expressway) from the black/Latino side. But years ago that entire area was just known as South Brooklyn. Someone told me at the jam last night that in addition to Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill, which have been around long enough that they're worth using, we now have "Boerum Heights" and (dog help us) BoCoCa which should probably be spelled "Bokaka."

Whatever. The lack of public transportation probably means it won't be as badly destroyed as other areas, but yes, buildings and land are cheap and it's attracting a lot of speculators.
harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: July 29th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
BoCoCa, what is that, some weird Franglais name meaning, "good shit"? Sorry, but what does it mean? Like, what the hell, man!
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 30th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It means "I have no clue about Brooklyn and should move back to Boise immediately."

Seriously, it's an abbreviation for "Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Caroll Gardens."
parisgarters From: parisgarters Date: July 28th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry last night didn't work out. How was Sunny's?
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 28th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem at all. Sunny's was a blast. John has a great band and I love his songs. And I ended up sitting in with him for a bunch of songs. There's nothing like playing with a band that's really kicking ass. And there's a new photo exhibit in the back room by a photographer I worked with years ago at one of the Brooklyn newspapers.
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