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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 forty plus years later I'm thinking I look pretty good. Hopefully, everyone will see it the same way.

Magoos

Hand held exposure time

Hand held exposure time

Magoos 1978

Magoos 1978

Magoos Bar

Magoos Bar

Cathy Slewinski on right

Cathy Slewinski on right

Claudia Schaub

Claudia Schaub

Diana Asceti

Diana Asceti

Connie Gray

Connie Gray

Carla Jackson

Carla Jackson

John Van Saun - Deceased

John Van Saun - Deceased

Magoos back room

Magoos back room

Paula Narbutowski

Paula Narbutowski

Ron Edson

Ron Edson

Sally Cummings

Sally Cummings

Porfirio Didonna 1942-1986

Porfirio Didonna 1942-1986

Nathan Farb

Nathan Farb

Ken Nadle

Ken Nadle

Rob Pollock

Rob Pollock

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller

Guestbook for Magoos Bar circa 1980
Kate Lynch(non-registered)
Hi Ken, can I ask you about these photos? My mom Sharon is in one of them and I'd love to use one for a little list piece I'm writing on Medium. Let me know?
rich(non-registered)
I remember Magoo's when it opened in the mid sixties ..It was unique in the had two entrances on two different streets....I was employed across the street at AT&T …...Limousines with fancy male patrons would exit and go in one door of Magoo"s Taxi's would drop off beautiful women in high fashion at other entrance …..This was at the beginning of SOHO when most of the was lofts used by the garment industry of food industry....It was a quiet part of Manhattan after dark (rats abounded in the dark street and alley ways)….I think Magoo's was a pick-up joint for well-healed johns and politicos......Saw many limos leave with beautiful women on arm of older male .....This was before Trump had a drivers license and Stormy Daniels was an unconceived Angel......rich
Shane M(non-registered)
Around 1978, I used to visit NYC from England to stay with my friend's dad, who was an artist. We used to eat at a place called Magoos and I wonder is this is the place? I was 7 or 8 years old and don't remember where it was but I do remember the hamburgers which came in a pitta-style flat bread.
When I cook these for my family I call them Magoo's burgers.
Is this the same place? I'd love to know. Drop me a mail m.avacado[at]hotmail.com
Great memories of my summers in NYC! Thanks for the pics, certainly looks like the place.
Shane
John Radulovic(non-registered)
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.
Al Yelvington(non-registered)
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.
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