Posted by phil
on Friday, July 17th 2020:
In Reply to: Re: Castle Hill Avenue posted by Steve on Friday, July 17th 2020:
John's Paradise was a bikers' bar across the street from the cemetery, up on Tremont past Westchester Square and before Bruckner. A fairly rough place--bikes lined up out front, biker guys and girls inside, always a rock band live--though no one ever bothered me as i nursed my 25 cent Rolling Rocks. I liked the gritty atmosphere of the place. I spent most of my bar time at the Chester house and a dive bar called Dominic's (not sure that was the name but it was the name of the owner/bartender) right next to the Circle Theatre. He let us drink there at 17; then he moved to a joint next to the the Castle hill theatre. I also spent time at the Park House, though not so much. The Manor House was the one on Tremont near the garages, no? My brother, Bob, hung out there.
CATHOLIC BOYS is set completely in the Bronx, as is THE BRONX KILL, and IF ANYONE ASKS, SAY I DIED FROM THE HEARTREAKING BLUES (set in PC under a different name.) Many of the stories in A HISTORY are set in the Bronx, as well. Some times I change things around a bit for author-convenience. So don't be too upset with me for that. For example, in CB, I mix elements of Co-op City and Parkchester together.
I'm curious about your life. You said you went to Fordham, I believe. I've always regretted not going to Fordham Prep, and my grades were so lousy at Holy Cross I couldn't transfer into Fordham College, so had to settle for St. John's, which wasn't nearly as good. But at least i got my grades up so I could get a Regents fellowship to NYU. You went there,too--majoring in what? What career did you choose? Do you live anywhere near the Bronx now? I moved seven miles due west. From the roof of my building, I can see Parkchester (on a clear day.)
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