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This is Ames, Mister. - 05-25-2019, 08:13 PM

I don't know if it's been posted before, but I ran across this picture of Times Square from the early 1960's, with Ames Billiards in the shot. It was located at 160 West 44th Street, at Seventh Avenue.
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05-25-2019, 08:22 PM

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I don't know if it's been posted before, but I ran across this picture of Times Square from the early 1960's, with Ames Billiards in the shot. It was located at 160 West 44th Street, at Seventh Avenue.
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05-25-2019, 08:36 PM

Wow, I've lived in Manhattan for 35 years, and Times Square never looked like that since I've lived here. It's almost hard to fathom how high the rent on a place would be today on the corner of 44th and 7th Avenue.

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Wow, I've lived in Manhattan for 35 years, and Times Square never looked like that since I've lived here. It's almost hard to fathom how high the rent on a place would be today on the corner of 44th and 7th Avenue.

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Here is a picture of the inside of the Magic Cue, which was at 43rd and Broadway. The date on the New York Times article is August 13th, 1981. It was owned by Vince Sbarbati and had 38 tables. I played in a straight pool tournament there shortly after it opened in 1980. I think Vince found a way to make a small fortune running a pool hall near Times Square -- start with a large fortune. I don't think the place lasted long.

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''After we came back from work, we always went there,'' the 60-year-old Bull recalled of his youth. ''By 'work' I mean stealing. Not that we stole anything, just stuff beginning with A - a truck, a car, a bike.''


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Wow, I've lived in Manhattan for 35 years, and Times Square never looked like that since I've lived here. It's almost hard to fathom how high the rent on a place would be today on the corner of 44th and 7th Avenue.

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Right? 15 - 20K p/mnth I'm guessing. If not more... I know CBGB got jacked up to ( if I recall correctly ) 8K p/mnth. So Hilly closed it. And that was the East Village, not Times Square.




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05-25-2019, 09:05 PM

it was played up in the movie but no one really went there.
  
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05-25-2019, 09:30 PM

Nice picture
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05-26-2019, 03:35 AM

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Nice picture
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The Camel ad blowing smoke rings is world famous.
you beat me to mentioning the picture caught the smoke ring.
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05-26-2019, 04:52 AM

Yep, here it is in action years before.
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Nice picture
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The Camel ad blowing smoke rings is world famous.
up the street a little bit is a Kent Cig sign, much less impressive than the Camel ne.

I miss the Checker cabs.

Love Elpine papaya drinks and frankfurters....haha

I guess Grays Papaya took em over.

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Right? 15 - 20K p/mnth I'm guessing. If not more... I know CBGB got jacked up to ( if I recall correctly ) 8K p/mnth. So Hilly closed it. And that was the East Village, not Times Square.
Never actually went to CBGB..but in the seventies I was in the boutique business and between my brother-in-law and myself had a few stores, well the bunch, maybe ten, of us would occasionally wind up at an after hours place called Infinity which was directly across the street from CBGBs...what a freak joint...and what a blast. Recall driving back to Queens at 7:00 AM and always thinking..."back to sanity"...

Wasn't playing pool at the time, but before that, in my teens, visited Ames & 7/11 a few times.
  
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Never actually went to CBGB..but in the seventies I was in the boutique business and between my brother-in-law and myself had a few stores, well the bunch, maybe ten, of us would occasionally wind up at an after hours place called Infinity which was directly across the street from CBGBs...what a freak joint...and what a blast. Recall driving back to Queens at 7:00 AM and always thinking..."back to sanity"...

Wasn't playing pool at the time, but before that, in my teens, visited Ames & 7/11 a few times.
Jimmy - My closest ( real life ) friend ( actually, he's very much the brother I never had ) has lived in NYC since 80. Starting @ 87, I began going up for a week or two weeks at a time several times a year and over 30 years or so ended up visiting 40 times, so I got to know Manhattan ( and even Brooklyn but not as well ) pretty well. And knowing it as I do, I cannot POSSIBLY imagine what the East Village was like in the 70s. It must've been TOTALLY insane. Man I love NYC. It's a world all unto itself.




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