Saturday, February 23, 2008
At the time, if my memory serves me correctly, the Hellfire was one of the 'sex clubs' located in the triangular building at the intersection just across the street from the diner. There always seemed to be at least two different clubs located in the building.
The back entrance which led down into a dungeon attracted more of a straight crowd. While the back room bar at the street level was strictly for gay men. Over the years, the names of the clubs would come and go. In 2004, after a few months of closure, the Hellfire Club would re-incarnated as the Fetish Warehouse in Brooklyn, which a year or so ago would go on hiatus.
So, sometimes after a weekend of partying and bar hopping at the many different gay clubs in the West Village / Chelsea area including the Mineshaft ... it was on our way home to the studio that we shared on West 21st Street in Chelsea that Frank, I and whoever he may have collected along the way ... would stop in at the diner at the corner of 9th Avenue and West 14th Street.
While the food was relatively cheap, it was not all that impressive. After my September 1980 move NYC and with the sharing of the 319 West 21st Street aaprtment we found much better eateries on 8th and 9th Avenues in the Chelsea area. In particular, the greek diner, which still remains at the corner of 9th Avenue and West 23rd Street.
And then, too, it was just a few weeks after my September 1980 move to NYC that the Saint opened.
Which, therefore, and for the most part our 'weekends of partying' took place at the lower east side on Saint Marks Place. Where after partying and dancing at the Saint followed by a visit to Saint Marks Bath House (now Saint Maraks Hotel) we sometimes stopped in at a diner on the Lower East Side / Bowery area.
When in NYC for the 2006 Black Party that I embarked on a Saturday evening photo walk I observed that the old diner at the corner of West 14th and 9th Avenue had gone more 'upscale'.
Though I did not stop in since I had already dined at the greek diner on 9th Avenue and West 23rd ... when taking a series of photos of what is now "The Meatpacking District Diner" I remembered the first time that Frank, in the summer of 1980, introduced me to the diner.
It was also the first time that I would become acquainted with the 'sex clubs' located in the triangle building at the intersection of West 14th, Hudson and 9th Avenue. It would became an area that, over the years, I would become very familiar with.
According to a PDF press release dated 14 October 2005, accouncing its opening "The Diner ... is a hip New York diner serving American, comfort food."
A September 2005 JoonBug Productions blog posting reports that "Along with seasoned restaurateurs Sergio & Mario Riva (Candela) and Marc Packer (Tao, Rue 57, Bolzano), and some of NYC’s biggest nightlife moguls, the Diner will bring modern interpretations of 30’s & 40’s American diner food like southern fried chicken, blackened catfish, and macaroni & cheese with or without chorizo – 24 hours a day, and at reasonable prices."
And here are some mostly favoritable reviews at Yelp.
Located at 44 9th Avenue at the corner of West 14th and Hudson, the next time that I visit NYC I'll make a point to stop in at The (Meatpacking District) Diner. Perhaps, for a spiritual reconnection with Frank who passed in May 1989.
Click the above image to view my Meatpacking District / NYC and March 2006 NYC photo sets.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Though I have sometimes wondered if I'd ever come across the result, when googling for Elvert Barnes, tonight, I came across a link to Democracy's Moment: Reforming the American Political System for the 21st Century By Ronald Hayduck, Kevin Mattson.
And, viola, there was my image featured amongst others on the front cover.
Thanks Ronald Hayduck and Kevin Mattson.
See the image, also, on my November 2004 Election webpage "Is History Repeatin' Itself?".
Read the complete 22 February 2008 THIS DAY IN GAY HISTORY at the White Crane's Gay Wisdom Yahoo Group.
After taking a quick glance at the daily messages you, too, may wish to join.
Click image of Andy Warhol's "Details of Renaissance Paintings; (Paolo Uccello, St. George and the Dragon)" to view other works by Warhol in the collection of Elvert Barnes.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Brooklyn's Most OUTrageously Fun Party!
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Alberto Cortes Video Art Show & B-Day Bash
Guest Performer: Geo Vaughn
Resident DJs/Hosts: Larry Tee & Kevin Graves
Curated by: Earl DaxDoor girl: Jordan Foxx
RVSP @ http://myspace.com/dizzynyc
Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg
Here is NANYA BIDNESS video AT LAST WEEK'S DIZZY
Here's Larry Tee's Dizzy / Weimar NY Performance at Galapagos, Brooklyn.
Though I had contemplated releasing TODAY a photo / video montage of images and footage that I shot over the 2008 Presidents Weekend in WDC that would be sampled with several of Malcolm X's speeches, in particular "Field Negro vs House Negro" I decided that the "Field Negro / House Negro" projections project would be better suited for Malcolm X Day, 19 May 2008.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture . www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/curex1.htm#hiphop . National Portrait Gallery . Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture . 9th & G Streets, NW, WDC . Saturday afternoon, 16 February 2008.
Elvert Xavier Barnes Videography
For more details on these events or the entire Festival line-up, please visit www.winterparty.
Click the above photo to view my 2007 South Florida Family Pride Picnic at TY Park photoset and 2007 Winter Party Festival collection.
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Click the above image to view my 2007 Beach Party flickr set and 2007 Winter Party Festival flickr collection.
Through 9 March 2008, the exhibit will feature vibrant glasswork, glass blown sculptures, as well as narrative glasswork through etching, writing, and video projection.
Opening receptions will take place on Thursday, 21 February 2008, from 11 am until 1 pm and from 6 - 8 pm.
Admission to GLASS 3 is free. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm.