Wednesday, August 19, 2009


1996 : Hot Summer Night Scenes From Ray's Candy Store and Avenue A ...

Overdose , John"The Commie" , Cary and Hot Dog (left to right)

Jim "Mosaic Man" Power

John "The Poet " Eves

Loan Shark Bob ( Deceased )

Lawrence LaDouceur

Many of the folks that were around in '96 still come to Ray's . Most do pretty much the same things they did back then.
Jim Power who visits Ray's almost every day, is again homeless . We saw him today in Tompkins Square Park sleeping on the grass with his dog Jesse Jane .
John Eves we saw more than a year ago in the dead of winter with long white hair and a bottle of cheap fortified wine in hand . He said that he was taking a day vacation from his rehabilitation program . John drank a lot ,wrote and recited poems on those miserable hot summer nights of '96 . He always claimed to have been a writer for the TV program "Laugh-In".
Loan Shark Bob died last summer in Union Square Park . You can use the Blogger search feature to look at the several stories that we have posted of him .
Overdose ,also known as O.D. , passed away several years ago . The man was one-hell-of-a-Hell Raiser . At 70 some years of age he drank and rampaged more energetically than most half his age .
Cary is regularly at Ray's today .
Hot Dog of course is still with us on avenue A and in TSP.
John "The Commie" now lives in Allentown Pa . He occasionally visits the neighborhood for special political events .
Stentorian preacher Lawrence , a regular for some time at Ray's , on Avenue A and in TSP , is now pounding the pavement preaching on Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg .He lives at the Glenwood on Broadway in Brooklyn now . We last saw him last Halloween as he made a bugged-out bellowing visit to Ray's .

These photos are great!!Thanks for the memmories. Rock n Roll.

your B&W's are always red-hot in my eyes - I love when you do these flashbacks.
wow-so awesome!
The good old days for sure!!! Yup...and no beautiful tree out front!!!!
Also;that was back when the Pee Phone was only a child!!! Yup....
Too bad about Loan Shark Bob. He was one of the great characters that you covered. But the country is probably safer for it (as you had said he was in militias, etc.) I saw Lawrence on Bedford Ave. in Wmsburg last summer while I was having "brunch" one morning -- he was walking down the middle of the avenue, probably talking about "the sisters."
wow . loan shark bob maron died?!. oh man, that is too sad. i used to hang out in tsp and talk with him about politics etc. he used to go to demos at union square with his wild signs.
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