Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Roy in the morning

Goggla has the sad news that Roy passed away two weeks ago after a short illness.

For years Roy opened up the Mars Bar in the morning. He refilled the liquor bottles and what not to prepare the bar for a new day. His eyesight was bad, which may be why the gin could have tasted like vodka that one time, and vice versa.

I don't know much about Roy. I understand that he used to be a desk clerk at the St. Mark's Hotel, where he continued to live.

Seeing Roy outside the Mars Bar every morning -- reading the paper, doing the crossword puzzle -- inspired Goggla to start her photo site, The Gog Log. She writes: "I took it for granted that he'd be there every morning, thinking as long as Mars Bar stood, he'd be there, too."

For more photos of Roy, visit The Gog Log.


Anonymous said...

That's very sad. Goggla's chronicle is touching and bittersweet. May Roy rest in peace.

Laura Goggin Photography said...

Thanks for spreading the word about Roy. I think a lot of people saw him regularly without knowing him and that's something I regret. He was very much part of my NYC, which is so sadly and dramatically disappearing.

Marty Wombacher said...

Rest in peace, Roy and long live the Mars Bar!