The Book of Lamentations: a bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct. I don't mean to give you a hard time, but, let's juxtapose two lines from your post. And no one, apparently, thought enough of the landmark to buy and preserve it. Well, I'm sorry to see this place go. Even when it first opened, ODM seemed to have personality Everything now is too sterile.
I'm certainly said to see any neighborhood buisness -- even if it's relatively new -- shut. But I'm starting to wonder how much all of this, "Things aren't like they used to be," is just that -- waxing about your old college days, or your old post-college days or your old should-have-been-in-college Blue Yodel No. 10 - Jimmie Rodgers - The Short But Brilliant Life Of Jimmie Rodgers. I mourn -- stay up at nights and sometimes literally cry -- for some of the more serious, soulless changes in our neighborhood.
Changes that have no respect for the people who have come before, or even for the people who are here right now. Astor Place comes to mind. Of course, this is the canard that lots of heartless developers use: Everything changes. What's the balance between preserving what's important and changing with the times? I sure don't know the answer.
I wish we'd have that conversation Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool often in this city, though. I will be 47 yrs old on the 26th of Jan. Born in Harlem I know what you mean by mourning the loss of some truly marvelous small businesses and the homogenization of Lexy & K-Paul - Gassenhauer life, but something's lost and something's gained. Maybe the faltering real estate market will get banks out of the predatory real estate financing racket and small business won't have to pay such inflated fees and renters won't have to live 4 and 5 to a flat.
I've lived at 12th between 1st and A for 28 years and didn't start going to ODM till several Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool ago. You know how that happens? The decor had such humor, the staff was always so nice and the pulled pork and meatloaf was fantastic. Not to mention the corn bread and sticky buns.
It may not be a landmark per se but the relaxed take it easy atmosphere and affordable prices are something that is lacking in many of the new restaurants. Great breakfasts too. I'll miss that. Anyone who has tried to open or run a business in New York, let alone this neighborhood, is lucky to make it 5 years. After 10 you have outlived almost all the other business around you.
By 15 years you are the old timer. Being that I have moved into the neighborhood officially about 14 years ago, I can say with some certainty that there is not another business on 12th Street that has lasted 15 years, except maybe the deli on Avenue B and 12th Street. Back in the day 15 years ago there were 2 delis across the street from Old Devil Moon, and they were both drug fronts.
We had our own private drug dealer that stood on the block as well. Businesses were not exactly common, and didn't last long once opened. Old Devil Moon came in and served great Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool at decent prices and hired cool and slightly unprofessional, but wonderful waitresses. They had good dinner deals, and their brunch was amazing. You could always make a meal last for 2 meals, though you rarely wanted to stop eating until every bite was gone.
There haven't been many restaurants in the last 15 years where that has been the case. It doesn't matter that we all know things change, neighborhoods change, restaurants close, and people die, it's just it will not stop those of us that care from mourning the loss. Just before it was Old Devil Moon it was a restaurant that didn't serve food, the drug kingpin on the block that's what the cops said every time I called to complain about their very loud and horrible live music at 3am.
There was even a secret block association meeting at the church gone with the police to explain what they were doing to shut them down. So when ODM opened, it was kind of a big deal for the block, the first legitimate business on the street, followed shortly thereafter by the tattoo guy gonethe catering people both gone and the corner bars that were not drug dealers, stolen merchandise sellers or number runners both gone.
It started as Steve Maya Blue - Constantly Moving Frames - A New Way (CD, Album, MP3, Album) Tami and my brother and I. We opened on a shoestring with Steve going above and beyond the call of duty to open the place. It took us six months to open. The block was wary of us until we finally showed we were a legit business. I want to thank all the people that supported us over the years.
Dennis D. As the one who had to finally decide to close Old Devil Moon, reading all these nostalgic remembrances is sweet and sad. My thanks to everyone who loved it and ate there often. There just weren't enough of you anymore! It wasn't a hard ass landlord who squeezed us out they've been GREAT to usit was just too hard to manage Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool myself after the partnership split up and I was too nostalgic to see that it was probably time to say good-bye a while ago.
But it was a place a lot of people loved, and I'm very proud of that. My older kids grew up there and at the park down the street, and the neighborhood was their second home. There are many great memories there, Harry and the Wahoo band that played hundreds of Thursday nights, firework collaborations in the middle of the street with Jonathan from Clockworks now the empty Jub'sand lots of Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool personal times for our family.
Now with two new little babies, I had to say enough is enough. They were customers themselves and felt sad to see it close. They have a good strong concept and will be great neighbors, so give them a chance. Masturbakers will be on hiatus till we can find a new home, Youre Surprised - Luv Machine - Turns You On email me at masturbakers hotmail. There are too many people to thank, but a big hug to Sara who was running it while I was birthin' and taking care of the little ones.
Thanks, truly, for everything Miss Tami. ShatteredMonocle, FTA didn't say it was a quote from the author. The fucking illiterate dingbat seems to be you. Old Devil Moon had a vibe all it's own and those of us who worked there truly were a family. I'll never forget pulling all nighters making pies until 6am and then waking home to Chelsea with no one out but the street vendors and still drunk partiers on their way home. And my old band Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops pretty much got our start with an insanely crowded and rowdy Rockawhile - Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap residency on that tiny stage.
Those poor waitresses! The end of a great era. I met Miss Tami back in the 80's. We became dear friends and it was all because of that dam tasty pie. Many good times shared. We brought all our friends to partake in the meals but for me it was all about the deserts and the people. Tami just had a knack for surrounding herself and the business with special folks. Thank you for many good times. A new Chapter awaits. Peace karen kuehn photographer NM. January 7, - January 15, No more cornbread, country ham, grits, biscuits and sticky buns.
No more fireworks in the street. No more Luddite Lounge with Todd. No more mountain music with Harry. No more dupes lined up for food for hangover cures. No more Mistress Formica and her brunch crew.
No more crazy collection of american artifacts. No more Old Devil Music on mixed cassettes. No more chatting with all those great East Village customers.
Okay - I haven't been there for years now. I worked every shift we first opened, cooking, building when we were closed, delivering pies before work, sleeping on the banquettes at night to get a head start on brunch in the morning. Made lots of mistakes, but got tons of beautiful friends. Thank Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool to all who helped us build it, all the sassy, super wait-people and wonderful cooks, bakers, and kitchen people who I love so and loved working with.
Everyone who came in and ate our down home food brought us stuff for the wall - stuffed and snarling bears, longhorn skulls, and vegan decor as well. Thank you to The Driscolls, who made it possible, and for their amazing stories. Thanks to Willow and Hawk for running around and growing up at the Moon. Thank you to Tami, who started it with us, baked the famous pies, cobblers, and cakes, and kept it going after I left. Hope you enjoyed ODM! I could always find something to complain about at ODM, and yet there is no question in my mind it was by very, very far my all-time favorite restaurant.
I think I'm choking up as I type this; that's how sad I am to learn that it's gone. I started going there for frequent hungover weekend brunches with my girlfriend now wife in and fell in love with the place.
We kept going for years, and Old Devil Moon - Gill Cook - Something Cool first kid, now 22 months old, has been there several times.
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