I’m taking the month of August off from the blog, but I will be posting a random daily photo from MBIP and various past blogs every day until I return on Saturday, September 1st. I’m taking a short trip to Louisville, Kentucky in a couple of weeks, I need to do a thorough cleaning of The MBIP World Headquarters and most importantly, I’m going to be rehearsing for a one man show that I’m going to be doing. Actually two other people are going to be involved with this but it’s a show I plan on doing at the end of September. I’ll announce all the details of that when I come back in September.
For now, here’s today’s daily photo from the past! Check back for a new photo every day and I’ll be back on Saturday September 1st for a new year of blogging posts!
It’s hard to believe but this photo is over nine years old! This is from a post on my first blog, The Marty Wombacher Show and it’s from a night I went to a book signing by Dee Dee Ramone’s ex-wife Vera Ramone King. I asked her to sign it, “Hi Asshole,” she laughed and said I was crazy. I was tempted to say, “Well at least I never married Dee Dee Ramone!” You can read the whole post here: Vera Ramone King - Poisoned Heart Book Signing.
For two years when I lived in New York, I celebrated Easter at the legendary Mars Bar. You can see those two posts here and here. Well sadly the Mars Bar closed down and a group of us decided to go to another dive bar down the street and have our Easter drink-a-thon there. That picture is me drinking a shot with the bartender, Lisa who was all dressed up in bunny ears. You can read the original post here: Easter Sunday At Milano’s.
One of my all time favorite bands is Cheap Trick. I’ve seen them live in concert numerous times, but February of 2017, I got to meet the band at a meet and greet when they played The Limelight in Pioneer Park. You can see more shots of me with the band and photos from the concert by clicking here: Live, Thursday Night From The Limelight In Peoria...Cheap Trick!
On July 11th, 2010 I went to bar number 183 of my 365 bar crawl and I went to a legendary bar in the West Village called Fedora and met the owner, who of course is named Fedora. It was kind of a bittersweet moment because she told me they were closing the bar because she couldn’t manage it anymore. She was such a sweet woman and I’m glad I got to meet her and document this classic NYC bar. Here’s a link to the original post: Day 183—Sunday, July 11th, 2010 - Fedora
Related Posts: Summer Vacation: NYC 2017 and How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Sip Ahoy! - NYC - 2016.
This is a photo of The Beatles that I took at the Warwick Hotel on February 24, 2012 in New York City. The photo was on the wall in the lobby because The Beatles used to stay here and so did The Rolling Stones, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley. I went and took photos of this iconic hotel and had a drink in the bar and you can see the entire post by clicking here: The Bar At The Warwick Hotel.
Comdian Emo Philips wrote the cover story for the last issue of my magazine POP, that I edited and published from 1990 to 1993. I moved to New York in 1993 and I met up with him at Caroline’s Comedy Club in 1998 when he was doing a stand-up act there. Then back in November of 2015, he was performing at The Jukebox Comedy Club here in Peoria and we met up yet again and I was amazed that he remembered who I was! You can read the entire post by clicking here: Saturday Night @ The Jukebox Comedy Club With Emo Philips.
This is me and Randy Jones at Sardi’s Bar in New York City on October, 18, 2011. I went to Sardi’s for a post on my blog, Marty After Dark and spotted Randy, who was a member of the disco band The Village People and went over and said hi and had my picture taken with him. He turned out to be a really nice guy and we had a fun conversation. You can read the whole post by clicking here: Sardi's—10:15PM - Times Square.
Here’s a picture of Nathan’s hot dog stand at Coney Island. I really do miss going out to Coney Island and this photo is from my 365 bar crawl blog. I went to Ruby’s Bar & Grill on September 19th, 2010, you can see more Coney Island photos and the blog post by clicking here: Day 253—Sunday, September 19th, 2010 - Ruby’s Coney Island Bar.
On April 8, 2011, I went to the Charlie Sheen Show at Radio City Music Hall. This was his tour he had when he was in the middle of some sort of mental meltdown and there were some scary-ass people there. You can see pictures from this weird evening and read my story from the evening which included being yelled at by some scary bean-like man and his wheelchair-bound wife by clicking here: Radio City Music Hall—8:00PM Rockefeller Center.
This post is from October 8th, 2011 when I visited Occupy Wall Street which was happening in Zuccotti Park (briefly renamed “Liberty Square”) in the financial district of New York City. I really enjoyed visiting and meeting like-minded people there and went back often to chat and meet people coming to New York to protest and speak their minds. Of course it didn’t end well, Mayor Bloomberg had cops attack the park while the media was unable to report on it because no one was allowed nearby when the park was taken over by cops and those that remained there got beaten up and hauled off to jail, you can read the account of that here: Bloomberg’s disgraceful eviction of Occupy Wall Street. You can read about better times when OWS was just beginning by clicking here: Occupy Wall Street—10:19PM - Liberty Square.
Last April, Anthony Pisano died and he was remembered in this post by EV Grieve. I’m honored he used my photo of Anthony and quoted me in the post. Anthony had a house of treasures in the East Village and he let anyone who had an interest come inside and take a look. You can meet Anthony and take a tour from this Tripping With Marty post back in March of 2012: Anthony Pisano and His House of Treasures.
This is a post from Marty After Dark about the escalators at Penn Station and something I still obsess about to this day! You can read all about this by clicking here: Escalator—12:17AM - Penn Station.
On August 24th, 2010, I hit bar number 226 in my 365 bar crawl. I went to a bar in a Mexican restaurant on Broadway and it was kind of uneventful until I was walking home. As I ventured up Broadway I passed a couple and heard an unmistakeable voice, it was legendary New York DJ, Cousin Brucie! I stopped and asked the gentleman if was indeed Cousin Brucie and he confirmed the fact and said no one had ever recognized him by just hearing him talk on the street! This guy introduced The Beatles when they played at Shea Stadium and we had a nice conversation! Check out his Sirius radio show right here, cousins! And here’s a link to the original post: Day 226—Monday, August 23rd, 2010 - Gonzalez Y Gonzalez (Originally headed for Pravda).
If you’re a Seinfeld or Suzanne Vega fan or both, this diner will be a familiar photo. This is Tom’s Restaurant which was used for the outside shots of the diner made famous on Seinfeld. It’s also the diner that Suzanne Vega sang about in her song, “Tom’s Diner.” I went to check out this historical diner on April 7, 2011 and here’s a link to the original post: April 7, 2011: Tom’s Restaurant.
My friend Brad Elvis has been the drummer in the band The Romantics for about 15 years, many of you remember him as the drummer for The Elvis Brothers and before that he was in the band Screams. In addition to The Romantics gig, he’s also in The Handcuffs, with his wife, Chloe on lead vocals and guitar. The Romantics played a show at Coney Island with Squeeze and Brad put me on the guest list and I had a great time. Click on the link to see photos of Coney Island and The Romantics onstage and backstage: The Romantics at Coney Island.
March 2nd, 2010 was a very important night for me and my 365 bars blog. I went to a bar called Fontana’s which is located on the lower east side of New York near Chinatown. The night was fun, but the important part can’t be seen in the post. Behind the scenes I met a feature writer for the NY Daily News, who’s name is Simone Weichselbaum. She was intrigued by my bar crawl blog, pitched the story to her editor and about a week later I was in the NY Daily News! The the U.P.I. wire service picked it up and it went international and I did radio interviews all over the country, was on several local New York TV news stations and ended up on The Morning Show in Australia which is their version of The Today Show. I had no idea that this night would would be responsible for the blog getting world wide attention! Here’s the link to this post that led to fame, but sadly, no fortune: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010—Bar 52.
On December 2, 2011, I made a trip to Rockefeller Center to take photos of the giganzo tree there and once I took the photo I realized that there’s not much else to do there! So I started snapping pictures of people getting their photos taken at the tree and met Anthony with his heart-warming Christmas shirt! That guy made the trip worth the trouble it took to get there! Here’s the Marty After Dark link to that post: Christmas Tree - Rockefeller Center.
I only had twelve bars left to go when I flew back to NYC after spending Crhistmas back here in Peoria. By this time I was so sick of doing the 365 bar crawl I could hardly stand it. So when I flew into LaGuardia airport in the middle of a snowstorm in New York and found out that the line for a cab was over two hours, I just said, “Fuck it,” and went to a generic airport bar. I made the best of it and met those two women and it turns out they were from Australia and going to Cancun. I had a nice chat and a couple drinks with them and got ready to count down the days I could finally put the 365 madness to an end! Here’s the link to the post: Day 353—Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 - Figs