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Friday, May 15, 2009

"Barnacle" Bill dies


The Villager has the feature obituary on William “Barnacle Bill” Scott. He died May 2. He was 44. Lorcan Otway writes the feature:

Born on July 8, 1965, “Barnacle” was well known in the East Village as a gentleman and a gentle man, in spite of his hardscrabble looks. Bill wore a nose ring, and had a large, upturned scar on the left side of his mouth, giving him the look of a pirate, but that was the farthest from the reality of this man.

He went from the Navy, where he was a petty officer, a bosun commanding small craft, to the Navy Reserve, and then honorably discharged became a merchant mariner, spending a good part of most years sailing American-flag vessels.

When not at sea, Bill spent a good deal of time in Tompkins Square Park, where he was as at home with the “crusties” as he was with the Village intelligentsia. His stories, whether of life at sea or East Village adventures, were punctuated with his trademark Homeric line, “It was not for nothing that...,” and on the story would wind.


[Villager photo by Lorcan Otway]

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Remembering Barnacle Bill yesterday in Tompkins Square Park

Yesterday, William Scott — better known as Barnacle Bill — would have turned 46. Bill passed away in 2009. In his honor, someone set up a makeshift memorial for him along Crusty Row in Tompkins Square Park...



As Lorcan Otway wrote for The Villager in May 2009:

“Barnacle” was well known in the East Village as a gentleman and a gentle man, in spite of his hardscrabble looks. Bill wore a nose ring, and had a large, upturned scar on the left side of his mouth, giving him the look of a pirate, but that was the farthest from the reality of this man.

You can read more about Barnacle Bill here.

Photos by Bobby Williams.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Theatre 80 to remain a community theater; new cafe to open in memory of William Barnacle Scott

As I noted back in late May, The Pearl Theatre Company, which has had a residency at Theatre 80 the past 15 years, was relocating to Midtown for its 2009-2010 season.

Lorcan Otway, whose parents built and operated Theatre 80 on St. Mark's Place since 1964, said in an e-mail to us at the time that "we intend to keep the East Village a vibrant arts community."

Indeed, that is certainly the case. Good news, finally, for a neighborhood overrun by beer pong, keggers and chain stores. This coming Thursday (Sept. 10), Theatre 80 begins its next life as a community theater. A local theater group is mounting a production for the next month; another group is booked for another month after that... (Stay tuned for the specifics...)



In addition, Lorcan will open a nautically themed cafe in the former Pearl Theatre's concession area.



The spot will be called William Barnacle Scott, named in memory of the late Tompkins Square Park regular who passed away in May. There will be no TVs. No Internet jukebox. And the cafe will close at 6 p.m. As the sign out front promises, "A quiet cafe where people can hear each other talk, and you can hear yourself think."




The cafe will be serving coffee and tea for theatergoers in the short term. Eventually the space will be open to the public, and will likely sell beer and wine.



And what a tour. Despite the heavy workload in preparing the space for next week, Lorcan was gracious with his time, and showed me the entire theatre. In the cellar, he pointed out the foundation to the farmhouse that was in this spot dating back to the late 1600s.

And! I saw the original beer cooler that belonged to Scheib's Bar & Grill, the former speakeasy that operated in this space until Lorcan's father, Howard, and his mother, Florence, bought the building in 1964. (Lorcan's mother is 89 and still lives above the theatre.)

I had to take some photos of the beer cooler...




And Lorcan told me the story about one of the two safes they found in the basement. The safe pictured below was opened in 1964 after being sealed up since the Prohibition. When Howard Otway and Mr. Scheib, who came up from Florida for the honor, opened the safe, they were overcome by fumes and passed out. As Lorcan said, inside: Beer-soaked $100 bills that were picked up off the bar in a hurry and bundled inside the safe. The bills became moldly through the years. (Lorcan said with a chuckle that the Otways never received a finder's fee for the nearly $2 million in moldy bills that Mr. Scheib eventually were able to clean...)



The upstairs area will include a photo of Howard Otway, a Broadway actor, whose inspirational vision for an arts-oriented community lives on with Lorcan today. (Mr. Otway passed away in 1994.)



Anyway, here's Lorcan talking about the new cafe. (And, due to a technical glitch, the last 10 seconds got caught off -- apologies.)



If you're interested in rental information for Theatre 80, then please contact company manager Lori Singleton at: lori.theatre80@gmail.com.

For further reading:
Barnacle Bill dies

Theatre 80 to remain a theater: "We intend to keep the East Village a vibrant arts community"

Pearl Theatre relocating; what's next for 80 St. Mark's Place?

It’s the final curtain for theater company on St. Mark’s Place (The Villager)

Quiet cafe — what a concept! (Scoopy's Notebook; last item)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

EV Grieve Etc: Mourning Edition


Second incarnation of Atlantic Book Shop closing (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

Remembering Barnacle Bill Scott (Neither More Nor Less)

Prediction: More high-rises for the East Village in the next 10 years (The Local East Village)

2 Cooper Square residents helped kill the B Bar Beige party (Eater)

The R train is gross (Runnin' Scared)

Warning about Walmart on the LES (DNAinfo)

Tommy Hilfiger buys Madison Avenue's landmark clocktower (Curbed)

RIP 35 Cooper Square (Patell and Waterman’s History of New York)

What's replacing The Eldridge on Eldridge (BoweryBoogie)

Sounds like a headline from here!: Pair of Old East Village Buildings To Be Torn Down for Condos (Curbed Chicago)

And Dave on 7th notes the finished ad outside Alcatraz Sushi Lounge on Avenue A and St. Mark's...