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Offline Aronan

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2009, 01:55:40 AM »
Is it possible that the Blue Haven was located at what is now Duane Reade ? I believe I read here in an earlier post that many years back that location was a Jazz club. And the address seems to match.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2009, 01:17:53 PM »
Thanks Aronan.  I would imagine that a night club would occupy a larger space, so that Duane Reade plot may have some interesting history behind it.  H.G. Wells' Time Machine would definitely come in handy right now.  If only!   ;D
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2009, 09:52:28 PM »
I know there was a night club on the sw corner of 75th and 37th. In the 80's it was pretty pathetic, but it may have occupied both the clothing store and the bubble tea shop's space.

Maybe old phone books would know the answer.

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2009, 10:32:08 PM »
I know there was a night club on the sw corner of 75th and 37th. In the 80's it was pretty pathetic, but it may have occupied both the clothing store and the bubble tea shop's space.

Maybe old phone books would know the answer.

That was the Golden Note.  More of a bar than a night club.

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2009, 01:00:41 PM »
By the early 90's the Golden Note had become more of a Latin bar/club, but that was short lived.  I do remember a club from my childhood.  It was on the north side of 37th between 74th and 75th.  It was part of the Bruson Building.  It was a rock club at first, then it changed to something else.

With respect to the Hitchcock "Rear Window" debate, I was told that the set designers for the movie looked at some of the old coops with the internal gardens.  And, of course, Hitchcock himself shows up in JH in the movie "The Wrong Man."

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2009, 01:06:02 PM »
the club / bar on the corner of the Bruson Building was an Asian bar of some variety while I was growing up. It was at some point or another a gay bar too. It is now a men's clothing store and part of Habib American bank.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2009, 02:37:55 PM »
I do remember a club from my childhood.  It was on the north side of 37th between 74th and 75th.  It was part of the Bruson Building.  It was a rock club at first, then it changed to something else.


When it was a rock club it was called "Pub 74"  it didn't last long though.

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2009, 02:46:07 PM »
the club / bar on the corner of the Bruson Building was an Asian bar of some variety while I was growing up. It was at some point or another a gay bar too. It is now a men's clothing store and part of Habib American bank.
It wasn't the Asian place on the corner, which was a restaurant when I was growing up.  In the 60's there was club--Pub 74, thanks eddiestjohns--towards the middle of the block.

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2009, 11:44:13 AM »
I remember many of the old Irish bars. Most of the ones I name below were still here in the mid 80's.  I will try to list some geographically and their approximate closing date.

76th and Roosevelt - Blarney Stone - Closes in the mid-late eighties
78th and Roosevelt - Unicorn - Closed in May of 1985 - Was my favorite bar around this time
80 to 81 and Roosevelt - Powers and Healy and Shea's - Both closed in mid-late eighties
81 to 82 and Roosevelt - Millbar - Closed in early 90's
81 to 82 and Roosevelt - O'Hanlons - Closed in early to mid nineties
82 South Side of Roosevelt - Green Blazer
82 and 37 Ave -  Bud's closed in April of 2005 - Was a regular here from 2000-2005
85 and 37 Ave - Gemini Bar - Closed in February 2000 Was a regular here form 1985-2000
90th between 37 Ave and Roosevelt - Brady's Bar -  Closed in early to mid nineties - Frequented here in the mid - late eighties
Northern 82 and 83 - Irish pub with food - Closed in mid nineties
Northern and Corner or 83rd - Lynch's and a few other names - Closed in mid - late 90's
Northern and 84 - Doonarie, later became a heavy metal bar - finally closed in early 2000's
Northern and 86 - Belvedere - Closed in mid - late 90's

After compiling this partial list I realized how the neighborhood has transformed.  There are still bars in some of these locations but none of them Irish Bars.  I also realized I drank in most of these bars at one time or another - that's a lot beer and money!!



As someone mentioned Gibbons, ReadyPenny, Tip Toe[Legends] McDavitts, The Old Barn ..Yep Doonaire became Castle Heights

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2009, 02:40:26 PM »
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O.K., so I came across this Ebay listing that has a photo of a few old matchbook covers from businesses once located in Jackson Heights (there's also one from Bruno's on the Boulevard catering hall).  One of the matchbook covers is from a place called Mike Camardi's Blue Haven that was located at 73-03 37th Avenue.  A bit of Googling turned up a blog dedicated to Lenny Bruce.  According to the blog, Lenny Bruce regularly performed at the Blue Haven in 1947 as part of "Amateur Night" for $2.00 and cab fare home.  Imagine that!

I tried to locate the address so as to pinpoint the actual old location of the Blue Haven, but couldn't come up with anything.


The Street View Feature on Google Maps points to 73-03 being the building currently occupied by Duane Reade

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=73-03%2037th%20Avenue%20Jackson%20Heights%20NY%2011372&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

This makes some sense I think ad I believe there's a post or two on here referencing that building as a former jazz club.

Additionally the address on the awning for Dynasty Deli is 73-02 making that the even numbered side of the street so it leaves us with the thought that Duane Reade is either 73-01 or 73-03. Or both. 
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2009, 04:59:04 PM »
On the gay circuit the Betsy Ross reincarnated as the Magic Touch on 37th Rd along side the Eagle theater and was there until the late 90's or early 00's.  Also, along Roosevelt there was Billy the Kid (there was always a pool game to be had there) which was open till the late 90's.  About the only one still open from that time would be Friends.  I'm sure there were more.  Can anyone fill in the blanks?

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2009, 05:18:07 PM »
Only knew 2 gay bars..Billy the Kid and the Dumbarton
my Dad and my uncle went into Billy the Kid back in the 70's..they thought it was an American pub. :2funny: 

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2009, 05:32:20 PM »
I think at one time the Dumbarton Oaks was a straight strip club.  Am I imagining this?

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2009, 05:41:55 PM »
I think at one time the Dumbarton Oaks was a straight strip club.  Am I imagining this?
Nope..you're correct..But I had a buddy who worked there as a bouncer. Most of the regular customers were gay men. Same as the Earle next door. Me and my friends would sneak into that place from the roof..and you would see guys "taking care of each other" in the seats . But the movies were straight

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2009, 08:02:00 PM »
Only knew 2 gay bars..Billy the Kid and the Dumbarton
my Dad and my uncle went into Billy the Kid back in the 70's..they thought it was an American pub. :2funny: 
It was an American bar! :coolsmiley:

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
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