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November 19, 2015



I don't have any answers to your folk question about connective tissues btwn anti folk & the Wash. Sq's, but...

at some point in the late 80s or early 90s I got a Christmas-time job at the B. Altman's dept. store, doing various stuff--filling gift bags, moving clothing racks, etc. One of the things they wanted me to do was put on a costume and run around out front among the people who were ogling the holiday window displays. They gave me a gorilla costume. Connection between Christmas & gorillas? No answers there either.

They had me put on the suit again for a kids party at the store. Other people recruited for party temp jobs working this party? A singer named Baby Malone as a teddy bear, and Tom Goodkind from the Washington Squares as... SANTA!

I believe he also used to book the Peppermint Lounge, didn't he?


Back in the early 90s when I lived on W. 4th St. I used to go pretty regularly to The Kettle of Fish bar which at the time was located in the former Folk City on W. 3rd St. I had heard that back in the 60s Dylan and others had played there which was sort of exciting to know. I later found that that location was in fact NOT the original Folk City and not the place of Dylan and Greenwich Village legend (as the reporter in the video incorrectly states). The original Folk City (also known as Gerde's Folk City) was located at 11 W. 4th at the corner of Mercer. In 1970 they moved to the W. 3rd St. location. The building of the original location is gone and is now the home of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, a rather non-descript piece of architecture probably built in the late 70s or early 80s.

A picture of the original Folk City can be found here


You mean, Baby Monroe. Tom Goodkind produced my first album. How's that for a connection ;-)
Lach if ya wanna catch up. also, and


YEAH--Baby MONROE! That's the guy!

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