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Saturday, April 03, 2021

Even the most online movers-and-shakers need some facetime sometime. For New York’s digital set, a dive bar on Houston Street now holds court for offline congregation:

Tom & Jerry’s, a place so low tech you can’t even run up a credit card tab, is spacious and simple, with ample room for the tech entrepreneurs who flock there. Who’d have thought it? Even the people creating the next hot social networking sites all seem to feel the need to meet up in person, on a compulsively regular basis no less. Out-of-towners congregate at the Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown, and breakfast is popular at the Ace Hotel just south of the Empire State Building. But for drinks after work for social networking pioneers, it’s Tom & Jerry’s. “It’s like Cheers,” Ms. Mooney said. “Where everyone knows your Twitter handle.”

I dunno. The only thing T&J’s has going for it is location: Right near the F train, i.e. the crucial hipster linkage to Brooklyn. Otherwise, it’s just another hole in the wall, cat-and-mouse allusion notwithstanding. It doesn’t help that it’s right next door to a ramshackle junkyard/bazaar on the corner of Houston and Elizabeth (where I snapped some photos long ago).

And I dispute the characterization of the Roger Smith Hotel as an outlander-only hangout. I know plenty of City-based new-media types who gather there frequently, often via Twitter-based shoutouts (aided by the hotel’s own Twitter handle). In fact, I’ve idly considered the RS to be developing into a modern-day Algonquin Round Table. Maybe without the “vicious circle” vibe.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/03/2021 06:02 PM
Category: History, New Yorkin', Social Media Online
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Ducks Eatery sports this eye-catching window display at their storefront on East 23rd Street. Since it was a bright, sunny day, I paused just long enough to iPhone-photograph it (Flickr-ized version, for your embiggened-viewing pleasure).

At the time, I thought that the mix of rubber duckies with ping-pong balls was just a colorfully creative way to fill the space. Turns out that the balls are just as significant symbolism as the toy ducks: The restaurant is attached to SPiN New York, a members-only table tennis club. Who knew?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/03/2021 03:24 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Other Sports, Photography
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