The Red Hook section of Brooklyn is remote, between projects and docks, served by buses but no near subway. It is not fancy and not even strictly reputable, but then neither was Brooklyn, back when.
It has a bar that recalls good old Brooklyn to us, native there.
The place is called Rocky Sullivan's.
It's not an old bar. It's only been in its Brooklyn location a few years, having moved from exorbitant Manhattan.
It has nice furnishings, a marble-topped bar, big windows, a good kitchen, a wood-burning pizza stove, a music room which holds over 200, and a rooftop patio with a view of the piers.
Our friend Larry, from Bensonhurst, has a piece of the place. Larry has been to Ithaca a few times, including GrassRoots Festival, and is interested in putting excellent, crowd-pleasing Ithaca music into the joint.
Also interested in this is owner Chris Byrne, a musician himself, from the band Black 47.
We went to Rocky's last autumn to check out the prospects. We sure think it will work.
Now with winter past, we will get moving. Plans for the first gig are Richie Stearns and Pat Burke, of the Evil City String Band, playing with Stephanie Jenkins and Rosie Newton, of the Pearly Snaps, who now live in NYC.
The date is not set but it will be sometime soon - May or June. Keep an eye out here, and in the meantime, check out Rocky Sullivan's website and Facebook page.
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