Saturday, September 29, 2012
Third & Atlantic: Thursday Night with Friends
Ominously close to Barclay's Center, on ever-swankier Atlantic (despite the re-opened House of Detention), Hank's is still hanging around for a little longer. The building has been sold, along with adjacent property (that prime corner is too sweet a development spot to miss), but the bar has managed to get its lease renewed for three years, albeit, of course, at a higher rent. Hanks is looking for help to deal with bills, & a fundraiser is planned.
Though I generally hate the term dive-bar, which now seems to include hipster hangouts that have been around for hmm, maybe six months, Hank's Saloon - dim-lit, cement-floored & still frequented by a real mix of drinkers - is a dive of the best order. Once the Doray Tavern, second/third home to the Mohawk ironworkers who lived in the neighborhood, it's also a piece of city history. With three years left before the old place meets the wrecker's ball, I intend to be there as often as possible.
The building in the 80's
The Doray Tavern in the late 70s