Al Hirschfeld and the Wonderful Old Bars (Speakeasies, Really) of New York City

Al Hirschfeld is undoubtedly one of my all-time favorite artists. I acquainted myself with his work when I was just a kid; I saw it on “Broadway Cast” album covers that my dad was sent by record companies when he was GM of a local radio station. They sent him everything, from lousy pop stuff […]

Atlantic ChipShop: My Local Lunch Spot of Choice and a Brooklyn Heights Favorite

ATLANTIC CHIPSHOP • BROOKLYN HEIGHTS [This is part two in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) You can order it online now at Powell’s, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.] “You don’t mess with Susan unless you […]

Join John & Colleen For an Art Opening on October 15 at the Milling Room in Manhattan

Join us at the fabulous Milling Room in Manhattan on October 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. for some of my newest art (along with some mighty fine refreshments and snacks).  I’ll be showing 16 prints, many of them new, and they’re pretty cool. These are some good places: Harry’s Café down in the Financial […]

Adobe Blues: a Hell of a Fine Beer Bar on Staten Island. I love this place.

ADOBE BLUES • New Brighton, Staten Island (This post is the first in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) “It’s just a great neighborhood place. A place people like to go. It’s like . . […]

New York Beach Bars: Go Visit While You Still Can.

“Watching the summer close is like watching a good kid die for no apparent reason.”                                                                                 […]

50 Favorite Bars of New York: My Book Is Available on Amazon! (order now)

Well, it’s been a long time coming, my friends, but it’s done. I turned in the final art and last draft of my bar book to my editors a couple of weeks ago. It was formerly known as Great Good Places of New York, and is now going by the title Bars, Taverns, and Dives New […]

Sunny’s Bar Group Art Show May 8

Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook Brooklyn hosts a three-artist show opening May 8, 2017 Sunny’s Bar is one of those great old-fashioned New York bars that make the city a richer place. It’s not just old, and it’s not just eccentric (though it scores high on both counts). It’s a place of great warmth and […]

Chumley’s Bar Reopened, and With SWANK

Well, it’s finally happened. Since it caved in on itself during renovation back in 2007, Chumley’s, the legendary speakeasy/literary dive/Greenwich Village stalwart since 1922, is, since October, in business again. But like a body with a head transplant (or a head with a body transplant), it ain’t quite the same. The new place, built pretty […]

The Night I Fell in Love With the Brooklyn Ice House

I like a lot of places. That’s me. I get attached to specific locales, like cats do. As my friend Bob once said, “I miss every place I’ve ever lived,” and I get it. I dig places. And I definitely like several bars here in New York, but love? That’s not a word I bandy […]

Montero’s Bar, J. G. Melon & Radegast Hall Prints For Sale

Montero’s Bar & Grill of Brooklyn Heights will be featured in my upcoming book Great Good Places of New York, along with J. G. Melon’s (Upper East Side) and Radegast Hall (Williamsburg, Brooklyn). I loved drawing these three almost as much as I love visiting them. These are special places. You should check them out, whether you live in […]