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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
Eline Maxwell(non-registered)
Would you allow me to use your photo of the pool table in a Substack I'm writing now. It's a fictional piece about the bar and an encounter at Mudd Club. I have 52 subscribers, all of which are free.
December 8, 1980(non-registered)
I was having dinner at Magoo's on the evening when John Lennon was shot. I remember I had the $9.99 Blue plate special which was a steak. I didn't know about the shooting until a little while later when I walked up to Central Falls on West Broadway and made a phone call from a payphone in the back to a friend was working at Loeb Student Center at NYU. Didn't sleep that night, fortunately had some friends to hang out with. Every year on this day I think of Magoo's.
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
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