Friday, June 7, 2013

Watch Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Junior at the Gusto House on E. 4th St. in 1988


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EVG reader Rob D. shares the above clip from the Oct. 31, 1988, issue of New York magazine about Gusto House.

"I was having a moment of fond nostalgia the other day and went on a web search for this place," Rob wrote. "It was just down East 4th Street from Key Food on the north side of the street. I remember seeing MTV's Kevin Seal in a 'show' there."

You can read the clip about three East 4th Street residents who, starting in 1985, turned their apartment into a theater on three Saturday evenings a month...

Here were two of the performers, who went on to do a few more projects, from a night in 1988... Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Junior ...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

ha ha! new years eve, they might be giants some time in the 80's. was beginning to think it was a hallucination, with that big face. was the stage in the mouth of that face? anyway, thanks for helping me stay sane.

Rob D said...

VIDEO?? Holy sh*t, Grieve. Nice one.

And yeah Anon 6:36...I felt the same way. Was it a dream? Did it really happen? NYC and Alphabet City was a such a fun and vibrant place back then. The entire city was a playground.

Anonymous said...

I have do a little battle with those that complain here about the new inhabitants of our environs (and I have been here way longer than most), but I thought some perspective on how the natives have always thought that the newcomers are not so cool. I happened upon this fun 120 year old article about the Bowery, including the unadulterated (and obviously bigoted) disdain for the newcomers, largely characterized as loud, odd, and disorderly drunkards. There must be a reference to a pub crawl in here. http://books.google.com/books?id=hIpBwFHH71QC&pg=PA323&lpg=PA323&dq=1892+Century+Magazine+about+the+Bowery&source=bl&ots=Zb6_IxhC0C&sig=E5__g-Q40xK3vMwJxmo8z14WaEA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Y7ayUe2ENbTB4APrwoGwDA&sqi=2&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=1892%20Century%20Magazine%20about%20the%20Bowery&f=false

DrGecko said...

That is a way fun article. I particularly enjoyed the picture of the Passover dinner.

Here's a link to an easier-to-read version of the same article (without all the "the's" highlighted: http://books.google.com/books?id=qz-gAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA323&dq=1892+Century+Magazine+%22The+Jews+in+New+York%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UTmzUd-hFLPF4APR1oCACw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=1892%20Century%20Magazine%20%22The%20Jews%20in%20New%20York%22&f=false

The newcomers referred to in the article are the Slavic Jews from Eastern Europe, who were looked down upon by the already-settled, and wealthier, Jews from Germany and Iberia.

It should go without saying, but I'll point it out just in case it doesn't, that it's silly to compare an ethnic group with the woo-woos. Woo-woos, and douchebags in general are defined by their actions, not by their heritage. They can stop being douchebags any time they want, but they don't want. That's why they're douchebags.

Anonymous said...

Nice work ! I actually live in this building & guess what - the stage and the face are still there. Every now & then the person who lives in that apartment throws a good party - the face / stage is always a hit. Really cool to know more about the history of it!

1_Nervous Goat said...

I was one of the three E. 4th Street residents who founded Gusto House. Good times!

PBS said...

I'm late to this thread! Wow so cool to see something about Gusto House! Nervous Goat, if you are listening, I'm one of the founders of Blue Man Group--we had SUCH an awesome time the two or three "performances" we did at Gusto House! Those were very special times and Gusto House was a VERY special place. Thanks for your part Nerv G in giving that gift and operating G House!