I'm a little behind the times at the moment, given my current wrangling with tax time, filing for unemployment and the sticky skein of red tape that is getting back on COBRA, but I was very saddened to read on Bowery Boogie that the Good World Bar & Grill down on the southern end of Orchard Street has closed its doors for good. Yet another of my favorite cool places bites the dust.
I can't exactly remember when I first darkened Good World's door, but I believe it was some sort of birthday shindig for one of my colleagues at TIME. This would have been about 1999 or so. Peggy and I had just come back from a godawful wedding somewhere and had a splendid time unwinding within Good World's walls. From that point on, it became a regular stop for a while. It was the first place I ever heard Gill Scott-Heron's awesome Pieces of a Man album, the first place I ever drank Lucifer beer and the first place I'd ever eaten Swedish cuisine. I remember sitting in its fabled back patio discussing the best punk bass players with Tod [A] and seeing a supermodel throw up (not because of our discussion, mind you). It was a fun place, and I'm very sad to hear of its demise.