Goodbye, Lakeside Lounge
Lakeside Lounge, on Ave B at E. 11th, is best known for its ultra-cheap happy hour (which lasts until 8pm), its commitment to local live music, and its old-school photo booth.
Lakeside Lounge had provided great nights out for 16 years. When I re-visited New York recently, Lakeside was where we all met up on my first evening back. I have fond memories, as well as three photo strips, of that night.
I can only hope that another local bar will adopt the photo booth.
But times changed. To a generation of pampered, status-grubbing white invaders from the suburbs, Lakeside made no sense. The place wasn’t kitschy because its owners were genuinely committed to it, and to the musicians who played there.
I took the photo below; if you’ve ever walked to (or past) Lakeside Lounge, so did you.