Magoos was a unique bar in Tribeca in the seventies and eighties. Just about every person that hung out there was an artist. My apologies to those whose names I can't remember, and to those whom I never got around to photographing. I know I'm really pushing it with some of these images but I wanted to include as many regulars as possible. At the time, I thought my own photo was awful but thirty plus years later I'm thinking I look pretty good. Hopefully, everyone will see it the same way.
Hand held exposure time
Cathy Slewinski on right
John Van Saun - Deceased
Magoos back room
Porfirio Didonna 1942-1986
Ken, nice work. Magoo’s was definately a great place. Learned a lot about my friends, myself, and life itself. From the crindgy to the wonderful bits. Personally, I have never found another place like Magoo’s and I doubt I ever will. To my mind the current bar seen has become a performance place, somehow Magoo’s was like being back stage, a safe inviting place to go. I have missed many, regretted some, and above all, sorry to hear about Pandy, way to young. Tommy was a truly decent man and he will be missed. I am pretty sure Magoo’s was a manifstation of Tommy’s will/heart/ personality I hope the last leg of his jouney was a comfortable one. Cheers one and all.
Time fuddled my mind, and Betsy is actually Robin. I really wish I had gone into the bar, but such is life. So glad that Ken put this page up.
If anyone knows where Robin is, let her know that she's remembered as the nicest person in NYC.
I was a Coast Guardsman on Governors Island that took refuge at Magoos as often as possible for several years. My favorite waitress was Betsy (photo #25?), and I regret never getting to say "goodby" when I had to leave town. I didn't venture out of the dining room much, but I wish I had. All of you look like the kind of people that I need to balance my brain out! What wonderful memories.
I owe it to Betsy and Magoos that I'm starting a cider orchard in retirement. Betsy offered me a hard cider (French) to go with my pork chops one evening, and I've been forever hooked. Used to go up to De'Roma's Deli on W. Broadway to smuggle bottles back to the barracks on The Rock.
If anyone knows what became of Betsy, please tell her she brightened the life of a wandering soul back in the day.
Ken.. I was a regular patron (Im a musician) at Magoo's from the spring of 1979 till 1983 ...I knew Tommy (the owner) and his son and would sign checks and pay at the end of the month....I remeber a few of the The waitresses that worked there, a few of the regulars and I remember the faces of Quite a few of these people....! Mick Stevens I met and helped with a picture of an alto clef for a cartoon for the New Yorker, I also met Mr Bill Hellerman , Cedric; and a lot of musicians there and at the Ear Inn On Spring St in those years...TYhrtough a lot of folks i met there and Pufffy's ; Prestcotts, and the I met; he introduced me to a few soho Composers; and I was involved with the downtown art / music scene in tribecca during those years... I tell people all the time about this restaurant/ bar....So great that someone documented it !!
Ken, I just had dinner at a mountainside eatery up here in the Adirondacks with Nathan Farb. He told me about your pictures. I have just looked at them and they are wonderful. I was something of a regular in the '70s and many of faces of friends appear in this group plus others I knew of but did not 'know.' Magoo's was a moment and I am delighted to revisit my young adulthood's hangout through these wonderful images. Thanks.
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