New York and the $3.00 PBR, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been a God-Send to many New Yorkers. As you all know, the US Economy has been in the Shitter for the past 3-Half years or so.
Many people are out of work, and many who are working, are taking home Half-as-Much Money or more of what they used to make. People have had to buckle down and give up or curb many things they enjoyed previous to the current state of our economy, which is in almost a Depression Era State.
Yes, everybody says that we are not in a Depression, we're in a recession.
Those are the Rich and Well-Off talking. To many, the state of our Union
and their feelings are of Depression.
So, because of the Terrible State of our Economy you have given up eating out 3 times a week, you buy less clothes, spend less on Entertainment and any number of things and you haven't had a vacation in the past two years, maybe more. You given up a lot. We all have.
Now when it comes to socializing, going out for a few Beers or Cocktails with some friends, you've had to cut back on that too. But hey, you gotta draw a line somewhere, and everyone is entitled to a few drinks to unwind every now and then. But if you live in the Great City of New York this can be a costly undertaking, especially in this day, and of all times, to be having a Boom in The $14, Sixteen-Dollar-Or -More-Cocktail.W hat is a Poor Working Guy or Working Girl to do??? Well Boys and Girls, let's Thank God for that great thing of wonder and the Bars and establishments who so graciously and kindly serve it, The $3.00 PBR, That's right, a $3.oo Beer in The Land of The Over-Priced $16.00 Cocktail, Manhattan, New York, NY..... It's quite Sad, Greedy too.
Yes, Thank God and let's thank the Kind-Heart proprietors who serve $3.00 PBR'S or any Beer for just $3 or $4 in a New York Bar. You are doing you fellow man a public service and we thank you for that. Whoever you are, you are to be commended, and Shame-On-You, all those places that serve $14 PLUS Cocktails. "RIP-OFF" !!! Wish the masses would Boycott these places and patronize places like Blue & Gold Bar, 7B, and anyplace who has a heart. Bars that serve 3 and 4 Dollar Beers.
I just have to say, it's great to go to a place like Blue and Gold Bar on East 7th Street and know that you can have 3 or 4 Beers for just $12 to $16, accounting for a Buck a Pop for the Barkeep. Now that's pretty good. I have had the best times hanging at Blue & Gold with some friends. You sit at the Bar or get into a nice comfy booth, drink your Beers ($3 PBR'S), relax, listen to the Music, Chit Chat, and just enjoy, and it's not going to cost you The Shirt Off Your Back.
Yes, you can have 4 Beers, tip included for the price of 1 Rip-Off Drink at one of those Rip-Off Joints. And if you are Dumb enough to have four drinks in one of those places, guess what it's going to cost you? About $75 my friend.
Well, do the Math, and if you can afford $75 for only 4 drinks, God Bless You. And if you can't, you've got an alternative. Right, your local $3.00 PBR Joint. They're a God-Send.
BEWARE The "HIGH PRICED SPECIALS" at CARBONE, like $87.00 Lobster Fra Diavolo and "Shrimp Carbonier at $67" ... Many are Complaining of $52 Veal Marsala, $50 Veal Parm, $17.00 Cocktails, and High Prices Specials that the Captains and Waiter might not tell you of the "High Price-Tag" unless you ask. So if you're weary, ask the price.
This is a Post from an anonymous poster on Eater.com about Carbone ... Yup. "Carbone" is a dog and pony show for dipshits who don't know any better, or for whom ostentatiously blowing a lot of money is more important than actually eating good food. If you click through and read the article, the nonnas agreed that the best thing they ate during their entire dinner was the slice of Parmigiano offered as an amuse. Pathetic.
Well World, "We're still waiting for a New Pope in this Popeless World of ours. Who will he be, the new most Holy Father of The Catholic Church? Will he be Black, White, Asian, from Europe, Africa, South America, America, or somewhere in Latin-America, maybe Asia, the Phillappines, or where-ever? The World is anxiously waiting. We want a new Pope, and we're hoping some like Pope John Paul II the most beloved Pope of the past 50 years or so. And how bout those "Red Shoes?" Which Cardinal will were them? Do you know? Doubt it! Maybe tomorrow.
"DON'T LET THE PICTURE FOOL YOU" I Like Them Both, but Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama Don't Know Much About Italian Food. Sorry! They're Burger Guys! Nothing Wrong about that, but they're not gonna tell "Me" About Italian Food ... Review: IL MULINO DOESN't MAKE THE GRADE Il Mulino is awful. Without question thee Most Overrated Restaurant in all New York .. Anyone who "Thinks" this place is good "Doesn't Know Jack" about Italian Food .. When I went there, I had been looking forward to going there for years. Got inside, Horrible Dark Ambiance" crowded table placement with Crappy Mechanical-Like Service .. The food was good, but far from great like those who no-nothing of Italian Food profess, "Overpriced" and Highly Disappointing. "DON'T GO" Go instead to Bar Pitti, DeGrezia, RAO'S, or Elio's if you want great Italian Food, "NOT Il Mulino" !!!!! Please!!!!! BEST 3 ITALIAN RESTAURANTS in NEW YORK
Sinatra. The name? What does it that word, the
name invoke? Well for me and millions of Italian-Americans over the years, the name
Sinatra conjures mostly love, Happiness, good-times, wonderful memories, and “Pride.” These
emotions that are all one really need to be happy and content. That’s what is
important. Along with good health and family togetherness. And, by the way, you
don’t have to be Italian-American to love Sinatra, most everyone does.
My love of Frank Sinatra, the man and his
music began when I was a young boy growing up in East Rutherford, New Jersey, always in sight of the wondrous skyline of my beloved New York
City. As far back as I can remember, my mother used to play all her fine records on her RCA
Victor Record Player. Songs like Strangers in The
Night, TheSummer Wind, The Lady is a
Tramp, Fly Me to the Moon, Come Fly with
Me, and so
many more. She played Sinatra allthe time,
along with Sammy, Dino, Elvis, Al Martino, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. Those were her favorites and Frank Sinatra was always number one for the entire Bellino Family, especially for Me, my Mother,
Sister Barbara, and Uncle Frank.
Whether listening to a record or seeing the
man live, this man sang with so much
emotion that you could actually feel it
within yourself, the feelings and emotions he was
trying to convey. He tried and he always succeeded, whether he
was singing a fun happy song like “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Got
the World on a String”, or the incredible way he
sang a torch song, and sang these
songs in a way no other could. Songs of lost
love and Bittersweet Romances like “You and
Me,” The World We
Knew, The Second Time Around, and “If
I Had You,”many others of course. You could feel the pain of hurt and lost love. They say
the reason he had this very special touch with torch songs was because he was thinking of, and
singing about the Greatest Love of his life, Ava Gardner, Frank’s proverbial Girl That Got
The man had such a way with lyrics and music, he’d take those
songs and make
them his own. These songs were, still, are, and always will be wonderful
gifts to his hundreds of millions of fans, to The World, to the history of mankind,
to the Millions Who Loved and adored him, Frank Sinatra.
Italian-Americans are deeply proud that
he was one of our own. He was
an Icon, The Twentieth Century’s greatest
entertainer, a National Treasure and source of pride, whom Italians looked-up-to and could brag about, he was of Italian blood, same as us.
That our roots were from the same place
(my family in particular the Bellino family came from the same town as Sinatra
Family in Sicily, Lercara Friddi) as well as so many of our forbearers of Italy to precede us, people like Leonardo Da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Giotto, Verrazano, Columbus, Marconi, and Michael Angelo. In America we had
Italian Americans like; Joe Di Maggio, Dean Martin (Dino Crochetti), Tony
Bennett (Anthony Benedtto), Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola,
Robert Mondavi, Jake La Motta, Rocky Marciano, and so many more, and of all those incredible
people, Sinatra was tops. He still is.
There are have been all kinds of great singers in this World, people
like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Dean
Martin, Al Green, Pavarotti, and on-and-on, but never a performer quite like
Sinatra.His singing,the way he handled a song, was beyond compare. Frank sang with incredible
feelings and emotions.
If you were fortunate to ever see Sinatra perform
live, it was an experience like no other. You know how he makes you feel so good whenyou listen to one of his many
great recordings? Well multiply
that by 100 and
you just startto understand.
The emotions one felt at
a Sinatra Concert.Emotions quite similar to the magicaleuphoric feelings you’d get as a
child running downto the Christmas Tree, opening your presents on Christmas Day. You’d get that
special toy you’dbeen dreaming of, and.
You are in Seventh Heaven. Euphoria!Do
For any great Sinatra fan, seeing the man perform live, being at aSinatraConcert, it’s akin to being a child again, under that Christmas Tree,to open that special present, that’s a Sinatra Concert. Better!
When you went to a Sinatra Concert there would be so much love, joy, happiness, and adulation for the man that you
could literally feel it in the air. It made you shiver and sent chills up and down your
spine, “Literally.” People would be
screaming out, “We love you Frank”, both
men and women, and he’d reply back, “I love
you too”, in a way, only
Frank could do. He
truly did Love and appreciate his fans and had such
a fantastic rapport with his audience.
Frank had great conversations with his audience. Guys felt as
his pal, and women his lover, these are
messages he conveyed, and his fans adored him for it.
There have been so many great performers over the years, but
there never was, there is not now, and there will never ever be anotherquite like that man, Francis Albert Sinatra.
I’ve been a tremendous fan of his since early
childhood. I grew up listening to the Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, all
the great Motown and PhiladelphiaSound
artists, as well as many other Rock and Pop
Along with the Pop, R&B, and Rock music
that most kids of my age would listen
to at the time, I added artists of my
parent’s generation as well, artist like; like
Sinatra, the rest of the Rat Pack, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, and others. These artists that
most children and young adults didn’t listen to unless they were the chosen few who had the good taste and capacity to appreciate at tender
youngages, musicians like; Armstrong,
Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and others. No
matter that these older artists were of their
generation or not, their music was great, and even at such a young age, I could
love and appreciate. Sammy, Sinatra, Dean and others were great performers who made great music, and that all there was to
When I was in high school, I had a few friends
who were heavily into Sinatra as well. Most kids thought he was “boring” and old-fashioned.
We knew better! We were all of Italian
ancestry and we were proud of him and
of ourselves that although we were from another era, we were sophisticated enough,
at such young ages to appreciate great performers of our parents and grandparents
generation, we were Cool and we knew it! Hey, Facts-Are-Facts, and that was a fact, “We
Were Cool.” We lookedat ourselves as The Jr. Rat Pack, Cool,
Sophisticated, and Confident!!! Frank gave us that confidence and
The sad day in which Frank Sinatra passed
I received four messages
of condolence, one from my sister Barbara, one from my brother-in-law Noel, one
from my friend Selena, and one from my good buddy Jimmy
Starace. That’s how much I loved the man, what a big fan I was, and all
my friends and family knew it, thus the messages of condolence. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened to a couple
Million other Sinatra fans as well.
We were blessed
with his presence for a long time. We still
are, through all his fabulous recordings
(12 Hundred Songs ) and the
memories, they evoke
Love, our mothers, fathers, and of Frank.
I made sure that I went to see the man perform live on seven
extraordinary occasions. These concerts
hold many wonderful memories that I will have for the rest of my life, along
with the numerous dinners with friends
and family spent listening to his incomparable recordings and having Sinatra
Parties on Saturday nights when WNEW AM
in New York used to have a show every Saturday night for years called “Saturday with Sinatra”, well,as only New Yorkers could do.
New Yorkers being
Franks most loyal fans. This
is where he got his start. The showwas hosted by Sid Marx’s. Sid and some of his special guests would tell
all sorts of wonderful stories about Frank. There would be guests who knew
Frank personally, as well as listeners who
would call in and tell stories of how they “Fell in
Love” listening to Sinatra or how they
met him one time, or of performances that they went to. The show was three
hours of listening to Sinatra’s unrivaled music and of stories and antidotes of
“The Man.” For Sinatara Fans, this weekly Saturday Night Show was pure bliss.
was loved all over the World, and people could tell you all sorts of interesting
antidotes pertaining to all parts of the globe. I have a particular interesting
memory of him combined with a great food and wine trip in Italy. I was in the small wine town of Greve
in Chianti Classico, Italy having a
nicelittle dinner with
afriend. We were in this
great little Enoteca
eating the famed local Salumi
and Paparadelle with
Wild Boar Ragu. We were a
bit surprised (I don’t know why) to hear both Sinatra and Billy
Holiday recordings playing at this littleplace. The owner walked by to see
how we were doing. I gave him a
thumbs-up and told him, “Great music”.
“You like Billy Holiday?” he inquired. We had a nice little conversation with him
about Billy, Sinatra, and wine.
He told us that he had lived and worked for a
few years in New York. This guy was a big fan of Frank,
Billy Holliday, and New York City. So, that’s Sinatra, loved
the World over, even in little towns like Greve in Chianti.
SINATRA Excerted from La TAVOLA by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke