GG's Barnum Room
G.G.'s Barnums was an actual circus! There was a trapeze artist swinging through the air. The drag queens knew how to party! I used to laugh so much and have such a good time !I dont remember much, but thanks for the relive.
Photo below of grand opening invite for GG's Barnum Room submitted by Phil LeBash.
Photo below by Kevin Ayala
Description: This is Kevin Ayala on the left from Team (1) of the G.G. Barnum Room Trapez dancer's. Team mates where April, Liz, and Chuling. Started with them in the 1980s. Chuling left and it was just me, April and Liz for awhile. On the right is Jean "The Ring Master." Was the only Club in the World that had performers dancing and flying above people while they danced.
Photo below submitted by DJ Frankie Carvajal
Description: This is a front and back scan of the postcard they handed out in the first few weeks of the opening of "GG's Barnum Room."
Photo below submitted by Miss Cookie
Description: 1. Miss Cookie and my BFF, Vivian a.k.a. Innocencia @ GG Barnum Room circa early 1980s.
2. Cookie and friend October 3, 1979 NYC
Photo below submitted by Carlotta
Description: 1. Tribute to Mara... Always on our Hearts!.. I miss you!. Graphics done by Carlotta "Carla" Zaro Studio ® Thanks to April for providing the original photo and Cookie for the advice!
2. Black and white photo of the exterior of GG's Barnum Room taken at daytime!
3. Carlotta 1979 (sorry not at GG Barnum Room) but at least some of you guys and girl can remember me!
Photo below submitted by April Dior
Description: 1. Mara and April at GG Barnum Room circa 1979.
2. April at GG Barnum Room. I was a judge at the Miss Barnum Room contest. I always drank Perrier. Circa 1979.
3. Freddie and April. Freddie who passed away was my dearest friend. Here we are at Studio 54. It was Elizabeth Taylor Birthday party. Circa 1979.
4. Description: Michelle and April at The GG Barnumroom. Michelle was my BBF. She was such a wonderful person. Circa 1979.
5. Roe and April at a pageant. Bonnie Brant is also at the table. Circa 1978.
Photo below submitted by Rosalyne
Description: here is a pic of the late Lynda Roberts dancing with>>>>> for Miss Gilded Grape. She was already in her 30s in this pic and was one gorgeous woman...may she rest in peace.
Photos below submitted by Rosalyne a.k.a. Roe.
Description: Oh those men... so hot back then. Eddie and his wife are both dead, not sure about their son, Donde I saw once in the late 1990s... Whose house is this. come on, you remember!!!!:) Auditioning for Shera woman of the '80s with that freakin' moron from the Partridge family:) performing for Miss Gay New York the year Mara gorgeous mara won and sugar belan came in second...they were so amazing..I came in 4th...I was so pissed and jealous:)))) but I had the talent down:))) LOL....gorgeous loving Pam and Taxi and does anyone remember MIckie...her and Sly took me in when I was 16... Enjoy!
Description: 1. OK what do u think of this group of pics:)))))))))))))) Lynda made my gown...she made all my clothes for shows. She also dressed me later on when I began to do philanthropic work for various social justice movements. what an amazing talent she was!
2. You asked for it, you shall receive....here is sally and my nice yellow teeth back then...didnt know tuinols and seconols and and smoking and not seeing a dentist in my teens would yellow my teeth:)))))))))) enjoy:)
Photo below from Jauers.
Description: Ad for Barnum's from Aug 1979 Michael's Thing.
Please note that in the interest of fairness, the names of DJs and staff are listed in alphabetical order.
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good memories ,mara diosa
Was GG's next door to Club 45? (& near the Peppermint Lounge)? Club 45 defined 1970's dive bars; many, many stories.
Thanks DjDave, I have the Nickel Bar & Better Days but I really appreciate you for trying to help.
Hey Leon, don't remember a very big black following there – but if you want to talk about black clubs in the city there was a place called The Nickle Bar on W. 72nd St. And Better Days on W 49th street. Two great dance clubs in the late 70s early 80s.
I am researching black LGBT history and wondered if this club had a consistent black population of any size? Just trying to trace the footsteps of Black Gay America and wondered if any of you would say there was a small group of African American on a regular basis or just a few here and there.
I came here a few times with my co-workers from our studio near the U.N. It was a fun place. While I danced with one gal, I don't remember her name, but I do remember the waitress "Patricia." I also remember the acrobatic performers and the mistress (master?) of ceremonies. I was sorry to see it go.
Now that my memory has been "Jogged" maybe these other names will Jog other's memories:
Zena (220 Barmaid), Baby Martell (Legendary Drag Queen performer) & Jeanette, Chanelle & Leslie (lived in Gramercy Park), Liz Eden, Edie Lane, Tara (dated John who worked at GG), Crisis, Brandy Alexander, BeBe (worked at Lee Brewsters), Tina & Ava Hollywood, Marudi (had locks on both sides of her apartment door), Desiree, Sugar, Jennelle, Chickie, Taxi, Cricket, Mara, Slyvia, Sophie, and Nancy & Mayra (Peruvians?)... and Roe I remember seeing you often. Thanks for writing your memoir book it documents a great time in all our lives - I appreciate it - Thanks.
I remember a particularly memorable night with Tina (blonde) & Michelle (beautiful & sweet) when April invited us back to her very upscale eastside apartment with a pool. THANKS April!!!
I was a friend of Tina's, but lost tracked of her when she moved from Blvd. East in NJ.
She was friendly with Sandy a short brunette who lived in queens with her "man" Frank and a lesbian lover.
April do you know what has become of Michelle, Tina, and/or Sandy?
There will never be a time like the 70's in NYC! Best year was 1976 (bi-centennial), Everyone from all walks of life and around the globe made it to the big apple to celebrate. I lived in the apartment building on the corner of 45th & 8th above the Gilded grape that year.
Soon as I turned 21 (1973), and through the 70's and 80's I frequented all the clubs mentioned here:
TurnTable, Le Jardin, Limelight (west village), Gilded Grape, 220 Houston (after hours), Hollywood (old Peppermint Lounge), GG Knickerbocker, GG Barnum room, Starship, Grapevine (47th), Edelweiss, Sally's ...
I recognize the names and the faces in all the photos. I was friendly with and "dated" many.
I became especially close to Tish, who would put me up overnight when I couldn't make it back to Brooklyn. (I remember Cookie living in Tish's front room and also Tish's - Eve).
I remember Jimmy TreeTop taking pictures, Jersey at the door, Marvin bartending, Emma (day bar-tender), Timmy MC. Also a Dr. Wesser ...
I lived on 34th street and went out with mafie
i remember soo much about this place, Liz, giselle,April, cookie, ebony, damaris all from the grapevine when it opened around the corner, I was one of the only females to hang out with all the queens, good times,good memories.....if anyone remembers me let me know, I had bleached blonde short hair back then.....
I remember GGs sooo well -- April Called me
Brooklyn Boy and thought at the time it was people have s type of personal crisis it was all fun and games to us
WE met girls from IOWA there who took of us out to our car, pimps drug dealers and of course we referred to them as he-shes. Truth be told they were mostly good people and it was a blast (until I found Scott making out with 65 yr old guy with sparkles on both their faces. STeven c love u always will , todd stan Ray (RIP) and the rest
I am so glad that a few of the original members of GG's are alive and doing so well! I remember being 18 and myself and three other friends were walking when we stumbled upon GG's Barnum! I told my friends that I wanted to check out the place and we walked in. Immediately we were stopped by the bouncer who stated that sneakers were not allowed in the joint. The next day the four of us, with ties and shoes in tow, walked into the bar and sat at the bar. As I was taking a sip of my drink I turned and saw these two beautiful ladies walk in. I remember telling the guy who was sitting to my left that these two girls were gorgeous! They are not women he said, they are men. I saw WHAT??? Later was introduced to Mara and Tiny, whom I came to love very much! During the time that I visited the club, I met a trapeze member named Hector and dated him for a few months until my dad found a picture he had given me taped under my sock draw and told me "to stop being a f*****!" I dropped Hector but soon found myself involved with a man that used to date a girl named Angie! For the life of me, I cannot remember his name but remember how he would go into Bloomingdales and "take" $3,000 dresses with a simple metal trash can that was inside a brown paper bag that had a receipt stapled on top and the dresses would be slipped inside through the bottom. The sensors would not ring through the metal can and they would make a lot of money doing this! I finally got scared and refused to go out with him. I later discovered the village, the piers and a bar called Peter Rabbits. I must admit I had a lot of fun at this place and do remember the fashion shows! So sad to hear about Tiny and know her cousin Barbra Herr. If I ever win the Lotto I would love to bring back GG's with a red carpet opening of all the past employees still alive! God bless every single of you guys! Keep being fierce bitches!
This is a picture of MOTHER SALLY AND MYSELF AT STUDIO 54 HALLOWEEN NIGHT! 1983 it 1984,he went as a GENTLEMAN ,I AS MEDUSA!!!
Roe call me 717-839-4274 i miss u girl
@Zsamira.....thank you for the updated info on the ladies. I had heard a story that Potassa passed away from another girl however I was unsure of the year. But your recollection of her in the subway coincides with the other girl's story who lived at the same apartment building with studio rentals as Potassa around 1987. From what I gather from what I've heard, Potassa's lifestyle during this period was not too good before she passed away. Nonetheless, she certainly attained legendary status and will always be remembered. The fact that Potassa will be featured in a upcoming indie film to be released in 2014 proves the point. The film is called "The Surrealist" based on Salvador Dali's life and according to the New York Post on April 10, 2012, A-Rod of all people was offered the role to play Potassa. I can't even make this up! I've read Dali was a huge baseball fan hence the offer to A-Rod. When I was visiting my dear old friend Tish (who turned 89 this past February) in the village whom I use to live with in the late 70's thru the 80's, reporters was camped out on her stoop. Turns out A-Rod bought a townhouse directly across the street from Tish. I asked a friend who lives in Tish's building to corner A-Rod someday and find out if he accepted the role to play Potassa. It's anyone's guess but stay tuned!
@Carla...while visiting Tish, I met Adrian whom you may have known from the Jewel Box Revue days. Adrian (now in his 80's and looks good) was a featured performer at the 82 Club in the late 50's and 60's doing her "John the Baptist" sketch. Adrian had some headpieces from the old days. Carla, I think you would of bought them. Very Las Vegas stuff and we know what a beautiful star you were in Vegas and still are!
While at Tish's house I did hear that Nina Niles had passed away. Also, for those who knew Trini Seville she passed away as well.
Nina, Trini, Sugar, Eve, Jackie LaFrenchie, & Chi Chi Laverne (82 Club performer) all worked with Tish in the 70's and 80s as did
I am so happy to hear that Giselle, Noby and my dear old friend Vivian aka "Innonencia" are still around. Please tell Vivian I asked for her if you can. Sorry to hear about Body Liz's passing. She was a beautiful girl.
And I do remember Zena from the 220 along with Mona who bartendered there. Does anyone remember what happened to Wayne who was Jackie LaFrenchie's roommate and bartender in the big room at GG Barnum? He was so funny especially when he had a few cocktails. I still hear him yelling "Nurse!" lol
IM on a roll and my panties are on fire!!! Zsamiratoad here,I also wanted to say that If anyone remembers ZENA,barmaid at 220, she passed away about twenty or so years ago. ZENA got her sra surgery in the middle eighties, she was living with a man for eons .Last time I saw her was on riverside drive where I lived at the time she looked lovely and we talked a while.She was weaving lace front a on wigs for Harrys Bits and Pieces.I never saw her again.If anyone recalls BODY LIZ,she told me the news .She died also,both she and her husband.Also while im spreading SUCH cheery new, NINA NILES also passed away.Img pretty sure it was within the last twentyfour months.She.passed away in Canada where.xls lived with her husband,I think cancer was the cause.Nina was like NO OTHER.An absolute heart of GOLD!!! God bless her.Mp3 for good news, Gisele,Noby,Vivian are alive and well.I saw them at Gisele.Christmas party 2012.I will call all there and give them the web add so they can post more on their own,(Don't want to get my a** kicked or sued for my false eyelashes) :-P I have a ton of gorgeous photos of all or most of the girls,I'll dog them out often archives and will try to post them soon.That should finish me off!!
Can't believe I got through,Cookie, sadly Potassa died I think around 1986 I last saw her in a subway headed towards fourteenth st .I tried to say hi but she ignored me She wasn't in them if you know what I mean,loose shirt,slim jeans shoulder length wavy hair and no makeup.She looked okay but sad,understandably.I learned she died soon after that,now the last time I saw her out socially was a few years before that.Mara and I were at MAGIQUE a bathroom stall doing mounds of coke! WHO comes in but Potassa.She heard me and Mara sniffing like anteaters and wants to come in .Uninvited mind you,Mara says NO, but Potassa just climbs up and over the bathroom door,Mara and I just cowered out of the way best WA could because she was coming over like it or not!!! She lands somehow safely im gagging Mars laughing,so I invited her to party with us,that's how I met Potassa.After that and for that might only, she loved.me!( I was turning.a dealer so I always had stash)But she was an amazing entity!!!! And famous God!She was on a spread in Vogue mag with Pat Cleveland,Beverley Johnson and some.other models of the day.It must've been around 1983 1984.
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Does anyone know whatever happend to Potassa? Is she still alive?
Thank you ladies for sharing the info about Carol Durell. I thought of her often throughout the years and she was one of the first girls to get me the German Hormones (prepackaged) in the early 70's. They were the bomb compared to Jimmy Tree Tops who I think we all had a shot in the a** in the ladies room of one club or another. At least I did! lol
Does anyone know whatever happened to Pinky? Carol and Pinky were the best of friends and I used to hang out with them at their apartment on the west side in the 80's circa mid to late 70's.
@Carla....I will stay in touch more as I am feeling a little better now with the new prescribed meds I am taking.
@Roe thanks again for identfying the girl in the pic I sent to you via FB....Roe said it was Sugar Belane and that clicked with me. I am still trying to figure out the others in the pic.
Carlotta send me your new email. Have missed you too!
Miss Carol Durell was a legend forever. May she rest in Peace. Ill never forget working with her the last time from NYC when I was directing a Project and we did a show called "They Lived it Out" celebrating trans people that died. and miss princess ava hollywood I recall, just a vision of loveliness. Didnt see her since the 70s. i remember dancing with her in the Barnum room and she had a louis vouiton bag and so did I (except mine was fake as I was poor white trash back then:)) I said lets throw our bags on the floor and kickem around...so we did. Even as a teen ager I was evil :(
Thanks Zsameira for sharing the information. I hope you are still using your amazing talents to make yourself and others look as beautiful as they can be. You have so many talents and artistry its crazy
@Zsamira, thanks for your post/update about Eva (Hollywood) and can't wait to hear more about the other girls when you can post it.
So happy to had reconnect with you and love when we text and talk over the phone! I known this site have not been having a lot of posts lately, but I have hope that other old friends from back then will find the site, as you did.
@Cookie, I miss ya and glad to see the Facebook posts and here. Hope you are feeling better.
@April, I miss you too, hope all is well.
To everyone else, miss you all hope to hear/see more posts
Hugs to everyone
This site needs a hormone shot! ;-) Zsamira here,I wanted to post about Hollywood anniversary but couldn't.gratefully Carla did it for me! Thanks! Now I'll try to post what I wanted to.ava Dali Hollywood died on march 28,2004.At her wake I met some of her family ,they were lovely humble people.A breath of fresh air in todays me,me,me world! she had a closed casket,but her ain't reassured me that she in a lovely evening gown and done to the gods! (literally)! Displayed were several pics of her in her heyday!She was photographed primarily at studio 54 with Salvador Dali,she was one of muses.With Halston,Liza m,Marissa Brendon,Truman Capote ,Fellini,and many more of the like.Ava was veeeeeerrrrrrry popular.center coffin was a gorgeous framed and signed shot of her taken by Francesco Scavullo at a beauty shoot .At such a horrible time it lent some happiness to me because I was able to recant to her family some of the times I had with her out at might.Of course I had to censor alot of it because her family is Pentecostal. I was so fortunate to have shared a friendship with Hollywood.Also.I need to correct a rumor.Tiny was not murdered in a hotel.It was another lady I knew,Venus.She.edu very similar to Tiny ,except younger,which really bothered tiny,but eventually she got over it.Edu all have to honor youth when it brushes past us,because we were all YOUNG once! That's what I told Tiny when she would bring up Venus to me.They could've.passed for.sisterly cousins.Tiny passed away either in new York or mio,I think it was Miami.That's the only fact I've never verified ,all else I post is because I know the fact personally.I never tell "hearsay" .If this post goes through my next will tell you more of other legends that have passed.I just remembered Carol Dural passed away a few months ago. I don't know of what illness,but SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T WANT HER NAME MENTIONED(she THINKS she's passing 24/7).We'll let her think it bless her illusions,told me carol passed away in a convalescent home in BeeFheart.Those of you that knew her know.that she was the spitting image of Lena Horne ,with a splash of Janet Jackson for good measure.May her soul be at peace.Until my next, post were I will also let you know all the girls that are still carrying on but I have to get thier permission first to use their names.
Hi zsamira here testing because my posts get rejected,boohoo .
Sorry to read that Miss Hollywood died; I remember meeting her and telling her how beautiful she was.
@Carla, I did not know or maybe I forgot that Ava (Hollywood) passed away 8 years ago. Sorry I have not been on much, I have had some health issues in the last 6 months so I apologize for not staying in touch. Nice to see new faces finding the page. I can't believe it's almost a year since you, April, & Rosalyne starting sharing all the wonderful memories as well hearing from Kevin Ayala. Someone on my FB page sent me a pic of a few ladies....I am so bad with names but recognize all of them. Will post it soon. I am sure you ladies will know these girls.
Zsamira let me know that today is the 8th Anniversary of Hollywood pass, shewas such nice girl and IimI'm glad that I knew her for a few years back in the 70s. May she RIP Dear Sister.
Zsamira would have love to post this but she will not be able to do so until next week.
Zsamira, this is a test
Zsamira, it was so nice to talk to you on the phone! and texting you make my night at work go faster. Glad you found this page.
April, my laptop been broken for the past few month, I lozt you email, I got it back. I'm using my Samsung Galaxy Note II for all my networking LOL.
@Cookie Have not heard from you
Hi Zsamira!! Yes it's me April. I often thought of you. I would visit you at work with my friend Michelle.You worked accross the street from Bloomingdales!! You can reach me at
Zsamira, email me at email@example.com glad you found this site! I do miss Mara :'(
ress i wuold hacve invited you to her ansd tracys private memorisal. This site brings back fabulous memories!Hi,my name is zsamira,e few might still remember me. I'd like to get in touch with carlotta ,taxi and April,if this is the April that I used to visit at Sutton place when I worked at face factory which is now face Stockholm.carlotta, I I ow you were very close with Mara, and had I had your
anyone heard where Jersey is.........now?????
Are you talking about Danny? I knew him, too. I didn't know he worked at the club, just knew he hung out there sometimes. He was cute, too.
Just so you know Angel had a brother who used to work the grape as well. But Angel was only into the women and some of the girls....Jersey was in love with a woman by the name of Rita....very interesting times. In the grape I was 16...too young to be hanging out in any club especially a club like that....:)))))
Hi Randy, Angel had a big brown afro. He was Puerto Rican, I think. He was definitely on the door at Gilded Grape; that's where I first saw him. I went to Gilded Grape a few times, then to GG Knickerbocker when it moved to 45th St. I don't think I ever made it to the Barnum Room when it changed again. I also went out with a bartender called Gene; he was a white boy with blondish hair (usually not my "type" at all!) He worked at GG Knickerbocker; not sure if he was at Gilded Grape. I was pretty young, an NYU student in my teens (which is another reason I didn't go to the clubs that often; I was poor and had to study!) Fun (and some less than fun) memories of that time, and definitely one of the most interesting times of my life.
Torry,I do remember the name,did he have dark hair,I have forgotten a number of people that i knew from there,I spent more time at the Gilded Grape,thats where i met a lot of people.Being from a little town in upstate n.y.i was amazed,it was very awakening,That is where i met Desiree,Marudi,and a number of other girls,it was a beautiful place and they had great shows,nice small bar,and friendly people.I met Jersey when i first went to N.Y.C.he was a friend of a friend named Sal.
Welcome, Randy. I haven't contributed much since my initial comment because I was only an occasional visitor and didn't know any of the regulars (except Miss Hollywood) by name. Randy, if you were a bouncer did you perhaps know Angel Caraballo who worked the door at GG's? He's the reason I first went in the club when it was Gilded Grape. I had a big crush on him...
I knew Jersey pretty well.I thought at some point he ended up with a girl named Carol,not 100% sure but thats what i heard.Cookie,I live in the Northern Adirondacks.Carlotta i once visited Vegas and stayed at the Sands,there was a little bar just outside of Vegas i visited but for the life of me i cant remember the name of it,small bar but fun.Great talking to every1.Keep in touch
Hi Randy, I left NYC spring 1979 and moved to Atlantic City. Then in 1983 moved to Las Vegas, NV until July 2011.
I don't think the clubs and the people pn today's. Club scene are 1/10th of what we had back then. It was a different mentality.
Nice talking with you. Keep in touch
@Randy....glad you found the site. I knew Liz Eden well having met up around 1972. She invited me to her apartment in 1984 for dinner and I saw her many times throughout the years at different clubs. I am near the foothills of the Adirondacks. Are you near the Mohawk Valley?
I'm still looking to see if anyone has seen or heard from or about "jersey" one of the bouncers at GGs......
He was a good friend and I've lost touch. Anyone got any news???????????
Carlotta,I will check this site every now and then.N.Y.C. was a place i will never forget.The clubs were like no other,the time was fantastic.I have often wondered if i had stayed,what might have happened.I also remember Liz Eden very well.I often think back on those days,Not much else to do here in the Adirondacks.Once again Thanx.
Glad you found us, Randy, this Site really bring lots of great memories! There will never be another era/time like the '70s in NYC and the Disco scene, specially GG Barnum. Hope you keep checking this site.
I must say this page has brought back many memories.I used to be a bouncer at a few clubs,Dirty Ednas,220 club,Walters Pub,The Zipper,Neptunes Pub,I remember some of the bartenders,Bobby Strickland,Bess,Earl,so long ago im sure ive forgoten most,I do believe some of the girls that i remember are,Desiree,Dina,Marudi,ChiChi,im sorry the names just dont come that easy anymore.Alot of the comments on here,the names are familiar,Well anyway Thank You for the memories
@Roe ok it will under Cookie B Good which is my FB profile page. Thanks, Roe :)
@cookie, try to friend me again as I dont see your name
Wow, This sure was a lot of reading since my last post (way down at the bottom "10/25/10"). I love going down memory lane. I'm certain none of you's remember me; and though I knew not your names, I do recall most of your faces (pic's). Some of your stories really had me awed! I mean: I have my war stories, but mine happened "after" my GG days, which truly were the best years of my life! (see 10/25/10 below).
Can anyone tell me where I can see more pics of GG's? (back in the days. And/or refer me to further reading of such?
@Roe, I loved all your thoughts and insights to Kevin. I think that will encourage him to write. My neighbor's son if I didn't explain it correctly is 21 and will be 22 next Friday. And he's hot too! I did send you a friend request on FB but I know you may not have seen it due to your busy schedule.
I am so happy for you you found peace and I am so sorry about what transpired back then. So many of us took advantage of each other and was taken advantage of sexually physically emotionally. It was the cultural milieu. However, I had a blast too and do not want to look at those times as all negative....you should fb me since there are a million kevin ayalas on fb but only one rosalyne blumenstein. Where are you living now? I work in hospice care full time and we have alot of chaplains that I supervise. we have a great time doing spiritual work and I tease them all the time...start writing. thats what I did. It was cathartic...but be careful it then follows you for the rest of your life. Some jobs I didnt get because of my past. But I am shame free from it just others arent so open....be well my dear. I only remember a loving kind soul in you...@ Cookie. so your neighbor is 20 I like my men at least 21 so he'll have to wait a year:))))))))))))))))))))))))
Kevin: I encourage you to write your story. Again, everyone has a different perspective of their lifestyle then and now. I did try to find you on FB but was unsucessful. There are so many that your name and I unsure of your location.
It might be easer to find me on FB. I am under Cookie B Good. It would be nice to chat with you.
Cookie: Thank you, for responding back, I wonder if you would. Your words where heart felt and, you have just encourage me to write even the more. Believe when I say this. When ever I get it done, you will be the first to get a copy. I was kind of like, Behind the scene kind of guy back then. But Boy did i know a lot to fast. From connection with the village Voice to Puerto Rico "The Flying Sorcerer" to Rick Attwell Dancer and choreographer, doing Dance Moves back then that are happening now. from studio 54 to the paradise garage. Cookie, it didn't stop. And i was only 20 years old. If you ever want to talk, hit me up on the FB. Be glad to Chat with you. Kev. P.S. my pic has two earths beside my face and one on the bottom...:o)
@Kevin, thank you for sharing your story. I commend you on everything you are doing to help others. We were all young back then, life was different in every aspect. There are few of us around today, and for those I've been fortunate to reacquaint myself with through this site, (April, Carla, Roe, & Taxi) they all have done amazing things. We all survived through some very hard times then, and the years afterwards. For me, I am spiritual in my own way, and know that if I was not, I probably would not be here to write this. I cannot speak for anyone else, as that is a personal choice for everyone. I think we all have a story to tell. Each of us has a different perspective of how we survived the good, bad, and ugly from the past to the present. If you decide to write a book, I would certainly read it. I will be 59 years old in 3 months, and look forward to learning something new each day. I wish you all the best in your ministries, Kevin. God Bless.
At Roe,& Cookie.
Well at 51 I am still here, got healed from a major STD, and now a Minister and a Evangelist,by the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. I should have died. Got Rape by Blonde Jimmy, my so called Team mate. Which I quit being a Dancer after that. Where some crazy times at Crisco and many other undergrounds nightclubs we used to go to. Me and Mickie used to have great times together. But it was sad she could not get off the heroin. I minister and prisons and share my testimonies everywhere I get a chance. Please I am not telling you both this to try to convert you, that's God Job not mine. I have a love for all, but I no longer love the life style. But still have Friends that want to be free and that are struggling. But my love goes out to both of you. And be safe. Maybe one day I'll write a book. A whole Lot to be said. I'll name it " Dark Place to Truth". Kevin :o) P.S. Hope you would read it when it comes out. Who knows?
@Roe, it was an amazing recollection of the years and bygone era. My neighbor's 21 year "straight" boy son ask if he could borrow it. Mind you this kid has not read a book in its entirety in his life. He returned the book a few weeks later and commented how beautiful you are, and he learned a lot from it. For me, it opened a "floodgate" of memories, some good, some not-so good, but nevertheless, it put a lot of my memories of those days in perspective. I wish you much success with the book, and thank you for sharing a story that needed to be told for all of us.
Yeah Jimmy died many years ago ago from AIDS, so did Blonde Eddie and his wife. I saw shane when I was doing outreach work as a social worker in NYC in the 90s. Kevin are you talking about Mickie Obrien? She was amazingingly beautiful and lost...what a shame. I remember how handsome you were and a good man. To Cookie, thxs for reading my book. I hope you re-experienced our years:) Hope life is good for u
Kevin, if you're talking about Blonde Jimmy the dancer, about 5'11 in height if I remember, I heard he passed away many years ago. There are still some of us girls around as you can see from the previous postings from back in the day.
I do remeber Mickie, Try to help her out alot. she was very strung up on Herion. Lived with her also, while I was a dancer back then.I saw her one time years ago and she was still strung up on that stuff,in the subway on 43rd street. Great girl, pretty much do anything for anybody.
Was wondering if any body knows what happen to some of the dancers, named, Apri, Liz, Jimmy who where part of the team i was in. And there was jenelle i think, she was in another team with Shan(a black guy)and another black which where room mates in the hotel across the street, which i forgot the name, and there where two spanish brothers that Dance together in another team. I forgot most of there names.
Hello again :Thank you for the great photos. I remember these familiar faces when I dee jayed at the 220 and the crowd would come in afterhours. Luv to see pics re 220.
@Roe... I finished your book and found it to be courageous, enlightening, and a page turner. I had a lot of emotions in particular chapters and overall it was very a cathartic experience for me to read. Thank you for sharing your story. Very inspiring indeed. Great pics too Roe!
Any time here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Roe, I could not put your book down. Your are an amazing writer.
Roe I have so many questions and pictures for you but I would like it to be private. Would it be alright to email you? I read your book 2 times! xoxo
Hey April did you ever get Branded T? What did you think?:)
I found this article while I was googling about Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out song!.. IS short article but I love the fact. the Website or URL is: http://m80ssoundtrackforan80sgeneration.blogspot.com/2011/08/diana-ross-im-coming-out.html
Hope Y’all like it!
OMG!... Roe, thanks for the photo od Sally!.... I miss him so much!..... Love the photos you are uploading!.. Taxi and you look great!
@Cookie, you know I do LOVE it!.. Finally a photo of Mama Sally!
Thank you Roe for posting a pic of Sally. Carla will really love the photos.
@April...thank you for letting me know. :)
@April, I had a BIG crush on Eddie too!.. I took him and Blond Eddie to do Shows with me in some of my club dates around NY.. They wanted male strippers and I hired them both for them!.. What fun days!.. I do miss it!.. By 1979 had to move to Atlantic City the fast life style was getting to me at 24 I thought I better slow a bit down LOL... (well just a bit) ;)
What ever happen to Blonde Eddie?
Roe, what wonderful pictures! So sad to hear about Eddie and his wife. Eddie was so nice. I had a big crush on him. I do remember Mickie and Sly. Pam who can forget her smile. I still can see you doing your shows there. Not a clue who's house that is. The picture of Mara,Taxi and the others is like dope to me! I thought of all of them so often. The hot men of Barnum Room who can forget them. No place on earth was like our club!!
Thank you so very much for the pictures.
OMG, Roe, thanks for those great photos!... I’m sad about Edie passing away, he was such a gentleman! I was hoping that he was still living. Photo of my dear friend Mara! I do miss her so!... Taxi looks great, you look amazing! I can’t believe, Roe, we never did shows together!... Those years and my ballet and jazz training landed me in Las Vegas Strip in 1983 until late 90s!... Cookie is right about Lynda I did not know she sew either!... Great, Great Pics and memories! thank you, Roe!....
@Cookie, you know it!.. I’m loving it so much!!!... And thanks for trying to get Mama Sally’s photo for me!!!!
@April, love the pic of you and Roe!
Fantastic pics Roe!!! What memories those pics bring back! I am so glad to see a pic of Pam....what a lovely lady and one of the nicest people I remember back then. And of course Taxi....another great girl who has posted here last year and I hope comes back to post again.
And yes I remember Mickie and Sly too. I forgot how talented Lynda was, I did know she did make beautiful clothes. Sorry to hear about Eddie and his wife's passing.....so sad. I have to say Roe I love all your hairstyles and outfits in the pics. And I do remember your performances along with the other beautiful ladies. The beautiful Mara was just stunning. Love the pic with you, Taxi, and the other girl whom I cannot remember her name? And those men....who can forget them? All so cute and adorable! Thank you so much for sharing these great pics!
@April....great pic of you, Roe and Bonnie. :)
@Carla....I know you are loving these pics that Roe posted. I will do my best to find one of Sally Maggio.
@April or Roe...by any chance, do you have any pics of Sally from the 220 or Sally's Hideaway?
ok wait to you see the next group of pics you are gonna die...not literally:) hope they bring back some memories for you all:)
Roe, so nice to hear from you and I appreciate your kind words. It's wonderful to hear of all your accomplishments. Since this page has been around for over 8 years, only a few of us have found it. It's been pleasure to connect with April and Carla this last month and catching up after 30 years. I look forward to seeing your pictures when they get posted, and in advance, thank you for sharing them.
Hi girls, I did unlod a picture of Roe and I. I order your book Roe. You are a trailblazer. Thank God for people like you. I am so glad you are around Roe. You have done so much good for people. Your a major star. It's so much fun to be able to see the pictures.
Thank you for your kind words, Roe!!!... I remember you as well.... And I’m glad that we found each other again!... I’m very very HAPPY!
just want to say as well I remember aLL THREE OF YOU WOMEN ALTHOUGH i WAS DRUGGED UP ALOT IN THOSE DAYS....
Cookie u were always so sweet, very comfortable in your own skin, April you were untouchable like a more upper crust class and Carlotta my dear you were always a down home regular easy going woman...easy to be around. You were all role models and I am very glad for you and yours that you are still around....
I thought that April uploaded a picture last night too!... Huh maybe is a big delay???
If you did it last night it should be on here. But perhaps there is some sort of delay.
tried to post some pics last night...let's see if they are uploaded soon
Hi April, I'm flattered you remembered me. Thanks for confirming Michelle broken arm and Jasmin's story. The last time I saw Jasmin was at Bloomingdales. I was going up the escalator and she was going down I smiled at her and she winked. Anyway if you want to trade some stories my email is email@example.com . It would be a more approprite place to trade stories. Roe I bought your book off Amazon today. I can't wait to read it. I hope you all will post more pictures of your selves.
Oh yes... Roe, I love to paly that guessing game.. I’m better at faces then names.. But I may remember! LOL.... Oh and roe, do you have any pictures of Sally from the 220 Club?
@Cookie Don’t forget to add the 220 Club ☺ too....
Roe, thank you! I’ve been trying to remember her name!... Jeannette was very beautiful! does anyone know what happened to her? where she is now? I think I know the story, but do not want to posted at this time in public. Thanks again, Roe!
@Roe...looking forward to seeing the pics and it will be fun to play guessing games. April & Carlotta have fantastic recollections of the ladies and gents that were at the Grape and GG Barnum Room back then. On another note, I was sad to learn of Lynda Roberts' passing. She was a wonderful person and I know a great friend to you.
To April, Bob, Cookie and Carlotta..I will post some pics I found and we can play guessing games... I have to apologize in advance though I am in them as well. I ma not nearly as self centered as I was back then...lo siento:)!
To Carlotta, Latin eddies gf was jeanette...she had the most amazing body:)
I remember you very well. You always where a class act. Jasmin is the name of the girl who father was the King. The story is true. Jasmin parents disowned her but kept her in big money always. I have a picture of her I will post it when I find it.. I saw Jasmin when I lived in Palm Beach. I think she is still there.
Yes Michelle had a borken arm. You have a very good memory.
Michelle came and visit me after we both had the change.
Hello Ladies, During the day back in 1978 I worked on Wall Street as an Investment Banker but at night I would go to Studio 54 until I found GG Barnum. You ladies were so beautiful and I had a greater chance of getting laid at GG's then I did at Studio 54. I doubt any of you would remember me except for my height. I'm 6' 5". April I remember you and your friend Michelle. Didn't your friend Michelle have a broken arm in a cast. I remember Tiny she was very cute and I think she would hang out with Mara. Very said to hear about Tiny. I can't wait to read Roe's book she has lead a fascinating life. I remember there was a group of transgendered kids always hanging out at Grand Central Station. I wonder if Roe was ever part of that group. There was one "girl" who claimed to be the son of the King of Saudi Arabia. Who was disowned because of her gender change. She would hang out with a "girl" who would always talk about getting married. Anyway I loved that place.
Cookie, those are great numbers!.... GG Barnum Room is ALIVE!.... We are keeping the memories with our minds and souls April did agree on this.
@Roe I browse though your book on Amazon!... Is GREAT I will get a copy ASAP!.... Also I think you are right about the guy’s name “Latin Eddie” and yes I forgot the name of the girl he was dating, he also had a brother that like the “Girls” too!.... Oh yes the blond guy was dating Marudi!.. Love how everything is coming into place with all our information! so sorry about Lynda I do remember her!
@April I’m glad you post the photo of you and Roe!... Can’t wait to see it on the Page!
I just posted a photo of you and I on the site that I had. I remember you very well. So happy to hear from you. We where at a pagent together in the city.
Also at the table was Bonnie Brant.
Update on Postings: We garnered 61 postings so far since March 2012. Wow, no doubt the ladies are here now!!!!
Between 2004 and 2011 there was a total of 48 postings and that's over a 7 year period! We have more pics this month than ever before.
Although I am not the moderator of this site, I love to crunch numbers and thought you'd find the numbers encouraging.
Keep the postings and pics coming ladies. And for you gents out there, we'd love to hear from you guys too!
The guy's name was I think latin eddie and he dated a really hot latina woman. Her and Marudi lived in the building on 45st and back then that was the taj majol to us young folks. The woman of color in the pic is the one and only miss taxi and the blonde guy is the man that dated Marudi...I cant believe I remember all that:))))))
I will post more pics when I have time to scan them.....Lynda died in April 2003 at 56 years old...she was like a second mother to me and I miss her every day...be well ya'all Again I am not trying to push anything but I have alot of pics in my book Branded T...you may be able to see some of the pics if you click on the book on amazon.........
Hi Roe, I meant to ask you if you have any more photos?.. Would love to see them, in case there any you do not want to post here (in public) you can e-mail it to me (if that is OK) remember you do not have to! But it would mean so MUCH to me!... An any photos you post here I know that ALL of us will LOVE them!... My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org take care and keep posting!!
@Cookie, thanks for the update about Miss Taxi. @April For sure!!!! Timmy was one of the greatest MC I ever had the pleasure working with!
Just wondering if that is Desiree sitting next to the right of Sarita in the pic....for some reason...that's is who I am thinking that is. But I could be wrong.
Thank you so much for posting the photo of Lynda Roberts I remember her well. The the hot guy and Serita. So many great memories. Timmy Scott the greatest MC in the world!
Cookie thanks for the update on Taxi.
Cookie, I also love to see Timmy Scott on that photo, and the super hot guy to the right of Timmy, I do remember him but not his name.. I always thought he was very HOT! ♥
Also me and Sarita came out at the same time in Miami many moons ago!... Probably a year or two before Mara came to the scene! the last time I saw Sarita was in NYC and she stayed with me for a few month and I think Mara was living with me and also Josefina (another Cuban Girl). I do miss them all!
Thank you Rosalyne for posting the pic of Lynda Roberts. I remember her well. @Carla....yes I also remember Sarita in the background to the left in the pic. And nice to see a pic of Timmy Scott. I recognize the gentleman dancing with Lynda but I don't remember his name. And the guys in the background look familiar too. I am hoping someone has more pics of the Gilded Grape waiters who worked there particularly Steve who was my boyfriend for a few years but passed away in 1979.
Update on Taxi: I sent her 2 emails but have not received a response back. She last advised she lived in Harrisburg, PA and I'm hoping all is well with her, and will reply to the emails or leave a post here.
Rosalyne, GREAT photo Lynda Roberts!.. OMG the lady at the bottom left corner is my friend “Sarita” she won my Gilded Grape that year!.. the issue was after a few month she gave up the crown and the runner-up then becamse Miss Gilded Grape!.. THANK YOU for uploading this photo I had no photos of Sarita!.. BTW I remember the guy dancing, just not his name!
Rosalyne, Is OK don’t worry!... We all ask questions!.. Be aware that any photos you upload can take anywhere from 12 hours to 24 hours to show up on this page!... Glad to hear from you!
Sorry I worked 14 hours today seeing patients...I just saw where u can upload pics duhhhh...will do girl will do
hey Carlotta I dont see anywhere where you can upload pictures but if you guide me I will over the weekend
Rosalyne, nice to see your post!... I hope that you can upload those photos you talk about!!... If you can scan them and upload it we all will really appreciate it!.. And keep posting!
OMG reading all your posts and seeing the pics brought back such memories. Remember Jimmy Treetop following everyone around taking pictures it was crazy. I actually have a great pic of the late Mara, the late Tracy and a young trans woman Sony and myself.All of them are gone but me. The picture is in my book called Branded T. Gosh those days, if they didnt kill some of us, they made us stronger...My thoughts and love go out to all of you that shared those crazy exciting days
Glad you liked the photo of GG Barnum Room!... Is a B&W but is great to see it, you are right about those doors led to so much FUN and magical times!.. I do miss it all, music, shows, people... Those days can not be compare to anything now days!....
Carlotta, the picture of GG Barnum Room is great!! Those doors led to so much fun and great music!
Great pic April. Thank you for posting it. What great memories of those days. I remember that night you and Mara were judges and Taxi won Miss GG Barnum contest. Hopefully more ladies and gents will post some pics too when they see these pics. :)
That's cool!... Fun days!... I do miss them!
On the night the picture was taken was the Miss GG Baurnum contest . Mara and I where judges. Miss Taxi won. We all went to Studio 54 later that night.
April, the photo with you and Mara is so beautiful, thanks for scanning it.. I told you that it takes about 18 hours for the post photos to upload here!
Cookie, I saw that the photo posted about 12:40 AM last night!.
@Carla....there's your picture. Very lovely photo of you and the handsome gentleman. I do hope people that were patrons of either the Gilded Grape, or GG Barnum Room will find this site and share their stories. I love reading all the posts and the wonderful stories from those days.
To echo the sentiments of April and Carlotta, "Viva the Grape and Barnum Room Forever!"
Hi DJ Frankie,
I sent you an e-mail requesting the MP3s file!
I have live recordings me and other DJ's from the Barnum Room and the Starship that I've converted to Mp3's if anyone is interested. I share them for free. Just contact me at email@example.com
Cookie it was great seeing a photo of Jesse Torres in the “A Pictorial History of Sally's Hideaway” Page!!!... She was very sweet!... I never went to Sally’s Hideaway living in Vegas hard and I did not visit NYC until Summer of 1993 and I did not go to any bars I stayed in Maspeth (queens) with a good friend (Girl, girl) and her family and it was for less that a week. I’m posting to much Huh? but I can not help myself! LOL
April, to bad you lost contact with Hollywood, you think she still goes out?.. You know where or what she may be doing?
Yes Mara was wonderful and I loved her dearly, I talk a few times to her on the early years in Vegas, but then I call one more time and nothing I could not get in touch with her any more and she had stop calling me and I know now why. BTW the story about you two going to Studio 54 is great and the Lanie Kazan albums!!!....
Does anyone have photos of Hollywood, I know I don’t... Or Tiny... And what ever happen to April from the GG Barnum trapeze act?
Hollywood gave me her number and when I called the phone was not connected.I loved Mara. She would loan me things to wear and I did the same. She came to the apartment on Park many times. I gave her 2 Lanie Kazan albums because she said they were for a show. We also went to Studio 54 many times together.
April, you said in a post today that you talk to Hollywood 10 years ago! that i around 2002.. RIGHT!... How is she?!... Have you kept in touch? so she still in NY!... Is been such a long time since I saw her! back in GG!...
I've been searching for Mara ad can't find nothing yet, I will see what else I can do... If I knew the exact date she pass away it may be a little easier to search.
@April Aaaaaaaaaaaawwwww... I so happy too!.. Yes Viva the days of Gilded Grape, GG and 220 Club!... LIVE in our hearts 4 ever!
Thank you so much Carlotta and Cookie. You made my whole day!!!
VIVA The Grape and Barnum Room Forever!!!!
Thank You, Cookie, I just uploaded a Picture the end question is "the club name, person or URL" I put Carlotta, Should I have put the URL for GG?... It said it uploaded, it can take a day or so? but I don't know if is going to be posted right?..
Happy Birthday, April!!!!!!!!
First and foremost, thank you ladies for the emails. Happy, Happy Birthday April....I hope you have a magical and wonderful day.
Carla, the picture is gorgeous! I remember you very well.
Thank you again ladies for the wonderful emails. Please keep posting here and PLEASE feel free to email me anytime!!!
I forgot to post, I do remember Potassa very well... If you Google it under "potassa drag queen" (I know is bad but the only way you find anything of her) I'm still looking thought it I did saw an interesting article from a Blog on Andy Warhol: http://andywarhol.tumblr.com/post/50650314/a-great-dinner
She was from Santo Doming and close friends with Oscar De La Renta, Mara knew her well.
Now I remember you much better, April, I had a toss between both of you, what ever happen to the other April we where good friends... Hope she is well.. Blond Eddie I took to do Shows with me around the area when they wanted me to bring a Go-Go Dancers and we did numbers together and I was right the other guy was Latin Eddie yes I believe he was Cuban (like me.. Well I’m half Cuban half Italian) and I used to take him to Go-Go Dance with me too. I even did shows ant the “Apartment” in the heart of Puerto Rican Bronx (it was a blast)... And yes Latin Eddie was a true Gentleman!. I do miss him and Blond Eddie, the other April too.
April, I’m going to search for the Orde Coomb article.
Cookie, thanks for looking for a photo of Mama Sally OMG, OMG!!.. I was thinking o f all those days and Sally, that prompt me to search for the GG and found Y’all!... BTW I e-mail you a picture of me in Las Vegas just that I’m earing Las Vegas Showgirl Makeup... I do hope that Miss Taxi come back here!.. I’m dying to talk to her!!!!!
Update for you Carla...the guy on the right side with blonde hair on the trampoline is name was Eddie. I don't know his last name, but again, he was always a gentleman. I think he was of cuban descent.
Carla, you are correct about the pic of the girl on the trampoline...her name was April too, but not the same April here. Also, the blonde guy on the left is Jimmy who passed away a long time ago from what I heard. The guy on the right with blonde hair I am so searching my brain for his name. He was a latin boy, very sweet and polite. Always a gentleman. I will search and see if I can find a pic of Sally for you Carla...I thought I saw one sometime ago and I will have to research it.
For you ladies, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I moved to upstate NY back in 1989 and have kept in touch with
I sure hope Ms. Taxi returns to the site again and does some posting. She too is a wonderful person whom I remember fondly along with Pam who was a barmaid, and I think a manager at Sally's on West 43rd Street. Alot of the girls are gone but never forgotten.
Carlotta I never work at GG Barnum Room. Your right that was the other April. I still have the LV bag I bought from Tiny. I was told by Hollywood that Edie had died in my old apartment.I thought so.
April, OMG I do remember Tiny and the story of the hotel tragedy. Happy to hear Hollywood is still around. I can't wait to read the Orde Coombs article. After reading all this nostalgic memories, I remember you April very vividly. You were always so elegant and beautiful. Do you remember Poutassa? Not that she came to GG Barnum Room but was a fixture at Studio 54. I have always wondered what became of her. Also I am sure you would remember International Chrysis who passed away around 1990. I do remember Herb Taylor and Jerry Cohen. Is Sherry still around? I remember her very well not just from GG Barnum Room, but the Gilded Grape with Jerry. Also, remember Emma the daytime straight barmaid at the Gilded Grape? She wore more costume jewelry than a drag queen! lol But she was so much fun. Ah the days wine and roses....what beautiful memories and so happy you and Carla are here to share them.
Hi April, I’m so HAPPY you remember me, OMG I can’t believe Tiny pass away in that manner! it breaks my heart!... Oh no Edie Lane pass away in NYC!.. (sorry).. Her boyfriend was a heavy tattoo Cuban Marielito (from the boat lift of the Mariel, Cuba in the early 80s)... What I was saying was that Mara’s Family live in Miami, FL (that is when I met Mara (I was 18 she was 16) and since I’ve been in Miami for the past 8 months I was hopping I can find out a little more, her family was not to “kind” to us girls but I know her born name too so it can make it easier for me to find out (I hope) and visit her grave site if she was not cremated.
Yes I remember Herb,
April you never work in the GG?... I remember well (sorry) the girl with the black hair in the trampoline on the photo of the GG Post Card was April too? I can’t believe I do not remember her name!.. Also loved Blond Jimmy and the other (on the right) too was his name Jimmy too? or I’m all wrong!,,, And have anyone heard from them?
Cookie, yes I agreed with you Vivian was a good Heart girl and I wish you know where she is now. Also I love the link to “Brian Lantelme Photography” presenting Sally’s Hideaway!... At that point I was far away and living in Las Vegas but at that point I was still talking to some of the girls and guys circa GG/220 days.. I wish there was a picture of Mama Sally, I lost those and you know something I still can her her voice and see her with my mind!
Does anyone remember “La Escuelita” I used to do Shows there too they used to be on a Basement then moved near Time Square... Latin Club with the Shows on the weekends I love the Manager he was Cuban, I think the owners where from Colombia or Peru?..
Oh btw I told the reporter my name was Lisa. I made that up don't ask me why... I had met a man who became a dear friend at the time and he had got me an apartment at The Delmonico on Park Ave. I met him at the Grape. I left my west 44th street apartment. I had all the girls over from GG Barnum Room.
I am still April. Kept the name.
Carlotta I remember you well. I bought a LV bag from Tiny. Cookie I know you to. Tiny which was told to me by Hollywood at Edelwise 10 years ago said Tiny died. She was stuffed in a mattress at the hotel next to Barnum Room. Thank you for the info on Edie Lane she was such a great person.I thought she died in NYC. Do you know where they buried her?
Does anyone remember Herb Taylor at the Barnum Room He was the manager. I ran into Sherry at Sally's years ago and she said HerbTaylor died of a heart attack. Jerry Cohen one of the owners of the Grape and Barnum also died. Cookie so glad you are stiil in touch with Tish. 88 Wow! I do remember Carol with Pinky. I did Daisy Duke Pagent in Brooklyn with Pinky.Cookie LOVE the pictures of Sally's.
I tried posting a story about The Barnum that appear in New York Magazine but could not. This is a great story about The GG Barnum Room. Perhaps someone can post it. I was the one being interviewed. Jerry Cohen had ask me to do it. I told the reporter that I wanted to be the transgender Jackie Kennedy.I was so full of myself!
The story is by Orde Coombs on Google New York Magazine GG Barnum Room 1979.Wait till you read it.OMG!!!
I found a picture of Innocencia a/k/a Vivian and Jesse Torres circa 1993-1997 on a website. I last saw Vivian in the early 90's when I was in college and visiting the city. I have often thought about her as she was a good friend. Back in the 80's, she would pick me up at Tish's house where I lived, then we would go out to the bars and have the best of times. Below is the website.
The website is: www.sallys-hideaway.com
April, I remember a lot of the names that Cookie mention too... Jimmy tree Top was a closed friend that I met in Atlantic City in 1974 (doing Shows) so he did gave me Hormones too!.. He used to visit me at home.. I saw a video in YouTube with Jimmy in a Show in Canada! When I find it again I will post it. I do remember Edi Lane well she was the first Miss Gilded Grape and I do remember her bartending she was great and I did hear about her passing away and that her Marielito boyfriend had kill her while was still in AC or just moved to Vegas that was so SAD.
OMG, April, I could not stop crying about my Mara!... I had the feeling that she pass away!.. Since I'm still in Miami I should see if I can see if there is a chance to track her family (last name Cabrera) see hat ever happen to her,and if the buried her here.
Anyone remember Miss Tiny? and where is she?
Cookie, I love the new picture you posted and I forgot to tell you that I do remember Innocencia well.. Do you know where she is? Glad that we are KEEPING the memory of the GG alive and with it Gilded Grape, 220 Club and all the boys and girls from out youth!!!....
Hi April, I do remember hearing about the tragedy with Edie Lane. I remember Edie very well before her change at the Gilded Grape. As for Tish, she is still going strong. She turned 88 this past February and still lives in the same apartment in the Village since 1956! I visited Tish briefly last July while visiting the city.I lived with Tish from 1978 thru 1988 off and on during those years. Do you know whatever became of Hollywood? I was sorry to hear of Mara's passing...she was a stunning girl. And thank you April for remembering Jimmy Tree Top and his camera! He kept the hormones in his camera bag, and took pics of all the girls. I am sure I was in one of photos that he took many years ago....Yikes! I am certain I remember you April.....the more I thought about it, the more I can see your lovely face. I am so bad with names but faces I remember. Looking forward to your pics and Carla's whenever you ladies have an opportunity to post them.
I remember alot of the names you listed Cookie. Jimmy Tree Top gave me hormones and also took pictures of me with other girls. Tish with all that blonde hair. She would sit at Marvin's Bar with me at Barnum Room. I recall Jackie and Eve. Edie Lane who also was a bartender took over my apartment on west 44 st. I ran into Hollywood years ago and she filled me in with what had happened to some of the girls. She told me Mara had passed away.She said Edie Lane had died. She was killed by her boyfriend in the apartment she took over from me. So sad.
I know who you are now Cookie. Carlotta I remember you to! Suzy was also a friend.
Wayne the bartender I remember very well. He was a great guy. Photos coming soon!
GG Barnum Room opened in July, 1978 and closed November, 1980. Before that it was the Gilded Grape on 8th Avenue and 45th Street. Now 32 years later, it is amazing to find people who remember the Grape and Barnum Room. Does anyone remember Gigi Duvall, Jackie LaFrenchie, Tish, Eve, Wayne the Bartender at the Barnum Room? So many lovely ladies and gentlemen.....what an awesome time it was. And ladies do you remember Jimmy Tree Top? He used to keep give me hormone shots in the ladies room at GG Barnum Room for $15 a pop. Those were the days when a man knew how to treat a lady. I posted another pic above from 1979. Perhaps some of you will remember me. Either I had long hair (another pic I will post shortly from 1977) or short hair. I never wore a wig as I always was au naturel. Keep the posts coming.....I love reading them and going down memory lane.
Cookie, thank you.... And I love hearing from you too... OMG my heart just broke to her that Mama Sally pass Away (I had the felling she did) After I won the title of Miss 220 Club Fall (the 4 runner-ups that year were giving the 4 season titles I forgot the name of the girl that won Miss 220 Club that year, I’m hoping this will help everyone remember me (more clearly)... Well to get back what I was going to say about Sally, she took me to a Casino (right on NYC) it was a basement near Chinatown and Little Italy... I had so much fun that night! and have told the story millions of times.. My Vegas friend think that was so cool... I remember Jesse Torres!! WOW I wish they where still amount us.. I meant to visit NYC and see them then the years started to go by then a Decade then another OMG!!!.... You read my mind, Cookie!! I was going to ask if anyone have been to the 220 building!... And one floor only! LOL... I remember doing the Shows Downstairs and changing the door behind the bar <<hehehehehe>>... Where there a lot of people there? what do they call the bar now? Could you refresh my memory What was the Street of the 220?... 14 or 12? OMG I can’t remember... I must stop there when I go with my friend to Brooklyn in a few months.... You said it “There will never be a club like it again!” You know I went to Studio 54 a few times and it never felt like home... Remember the Infinity WOW... Hugs and looking forward from hearing from you and all the girls and guys!... We wrote HISTORY and never forget that!!!!
Carla, so happy to read your wonderful post tonite. I have no doubt I remember you especially if you were roommates with Mara. As for posting a pic its easy. At the top of this page, you will see the link to "Upload Photos for GG's Barnum Room" just click on it and choose the pic from your photo file you wish to post. As for Sal, I am sorry to say she passed away. "Sally Maggio died in October, 1993. His friend and business partner, Jesse Torres, managed the bar following his death." Jesse Torres a dear friend also passed away. She would invite me to stay with her in Queens in the early 90's when I would visit from out of town. I also wonder whatever happened to Jesse's friend, Jeri. I was frequently at the 220 Club many nights a week back in those days. Sally was behind the bar, and Stony who turned 90 this past year was at the door and the bouncer. I stopped by the 220 last July with a friend to see what it looked like. It's a straight bar now downstairs. If only those wall could talk! I know Carla you were a real showgirl and very talented. So glad you found this site. I look forward to hearing from more ladies and gents who remember the world famous GG Barnum Room. There will never be a club like it again! And Studio 54 had nothing on GG's.
Cookie, thanks for the reply... Glad we are keeping in touch... I should have stayed in Las Vegas, after years working on the Shows then transitioning to Topless Dancer (more money than the professional shows)... You girls may remember me I was at one time or another roommates with Mara, Georgie, Sarita (Miss Gilded Grape 1977 if I’m not mistaking) she gave the crown to the Runner-up after a few month (was that Taxi?) well to long ago and the “ludes” did not help... From that bunch dear friends I was the one that did Shows from one club to another solid book I would be in the Bronx then run to the City for another Show ending doing one at 220 and call it a day... they used to nick name me “Carlotta Show Business” LOL I always got the bookings, up to Long Island to AC, Queens... I can’t believe al the running I did... When I moved to AC I was study on one Club, then Las Vegas was my dream and I got the opportunity and ran West LOL...
So when I find a Photo to post what do I do (I guess if I read the Website it will tell me) LOL.... Cookie, what ever happen to “Mama” Sal from the 220 Club??... We where close... She was upset that I was leaving to AC but she gave me her blessings, I remember I got a bad flu once and she came over and make sure I have what I needed!... I loved Sal so much and wish I know what happen...
@April your name sounds so familiar, I think I’m remembering you!!!... We do need more photos!!! when I saw Cookies Picture I REMEMBER we used to talk, but I was always running Shows, Stuff like that...
Hope to hear back from you girls!!!...
Hi April, I am so glad to hear you have a pic of Pinky and yourself. Carol a/k/a Subway was a very close friend of Pinky's. I know they both had their changes and moved to Germany. I used to go over to Carol's house in the 70's and meet up with her and Pinky, and then we would go out. I remember they both drank OJ at the bars. Ocassionally, they would have a cocktail. I think one of them married a man of royal heritage in Germany. I look forward to seeing the pic April as I have wonderful memories of Pinky and Carol. I am so glad happy to read your postings as well as Carla's and all the others who have posted. I will post some more pics of myself from that era not necessarily from the clubs themselves, but how I looked back then.
Hi Cookie, I have a picture with Pinky on stage at Barnum Room. We where on stage. Freddie was also in the picture. I am waiting for my scanner to arrive and I will post it. Pinky and I did several pagents together. She moved to Germany and I lost touch with her. She was a good friend.
Hi Carla, happy to see your post. I know what a ordeal is moving and packing and the expense involved. I purchased an all in one printer over the weekend so now I can finally scan some photos. As for Chaka Savalas, she and I rented a limo New Year's Eve in 1979 and brought in the new year 1980. We went to GG's that night and the last club was a straIght club in Harlem. We had so much fun. I found this posting about Chaka as it related to Sally's Hideaay. "Another emcee, who died shortly after the move, was the famous Chaka Savalas." I believe the period in question was mid to late 90's, Chaka was a wonderful person and I will always treasure the memories of hanging out with her. Does anyone remember Miss Subway and Pinky? There were friends of mine from the Gilded Grape Days.
Miss Cookie, I hear you and I’ve been from the east Coast to the West Coast and I have to go back to the West Coast, I guess I got to used to it over there, A good friend of mine want tme to move to Brooklyn, but I am not sure yet... I miss driving to LA and playing tourist there LOL.... Oh yes I will be going though my boxes since I’m not taking all this stuff back West it cost me over $5,000 to move the house here... My Photo boxes have a ton of photos, so is going to be a task, I’ve been scanning some to saved them as files since it will keep better, but that can take a long time... I want to post a pic of me so everyone here remember me... Almost look the same, so I may upload one from that era but it may be not at the GG I may have some of the 220...
@April, sorry about your divorce too...
Is anyone seen or heard where Miss Chakka Savalas is?.. I lost contact after she came and work with me in the Vegas Strip on the Vive Les Boys Show back in 1985
@April...I am so happy for you. Sorry to hear about the divorce but very happy you made out well in the aftermath. I think I remember you April and would love to see any photos you may have with Marvin, Sherry or Mara.
@Carlotta.....I can't wait until you go through your treasure trove of photos and post some. I lost so many photos over the years from moving around and the few I have, I treasure.
@Miss Taxi, hope all is well and hope you post soon again.
That's OK Cookie, I've been very busy too... Love the photo!... I lost a lot of old photos.. I have to go though a few boxes of photos and I may find one maybe two of GG and/or 220.... Also glad to see so many messages here too!.. Way cool!... Talk later....
Hi Cookie love the photo you posted. Vivian and you look so pertty. I was 17 the first time I went to the Gilded Grape. Vivian was one of the first ladies I became friends with. The last time I saw her she was the barmaid at Sally's. I am looking for photos at the Grape and Barnum Room. I have several photos with Marvin the bartender, Timmy Scott, Mara, Miss Sherry, and many others. I have to find them.
In 1980 I got married after my change for 15 years. I lived in Fl. I created case law during my divorce. My husband said he never knew of my change 2 years into the divorce. The judge told him forget it, you just don't want to pay alimony. The judge ruled and I got the house and lifetime alimony.
My times at GG and Barnum Room where happy times. I think about them often
Hi Carlotta, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner as I've been a bit busy with a few projects. I am so glad to see more responses on this site. It's truly wonderful to hear the stories and memories of a bygone era. I have a pic that should be on here tomorrow. It was taken at GG Barnum Room circa early 80's with my BFF at the time, Vivian whom I lost contact with. I'd love to hear whatever happened to Miss Hollywood, we use to hang out as well and went to Crisco Disco many a nights! Scandalous times those were!
I smile everytime I read a post. I was also an NYU student 18 yrs old and INNOCENT. I got a great learning experience at the hands of Jersey the bouncer and just GGs in general. A fun time of my life
I was a teen NYU student out exploring the city with a pal when we found Gilded Grape on 8th Ave. I think he was actually looking for the place but we were too shy to go in. Then the door opened and I first saw Angel Caraballo; I said, "Let's go in!" We had a great time and I fell in love with gorgeous Angel. The place moved not long after our first visit and changed its name to GG Knickerbocker. I came close to going out with Angel but on the night we were supposed to go out his brother Danny had been giving me drinks all night and when the place closed and we were supposed to leave I was too sick to go with him. Ah well, opportunity lost. I did go out with Gene, one of the bartenders, for a little while. I remember the beautiful ladies; Miss Hollywood talked to me and I told her how gorgeous she was. My roommate and I dressed up our friend (the guy I first went to Gilded Grape with) in drag and we went to GGK, but OMG he was an ugly "girl"! No competition for Hollywood and the other lovely ladies, but he did go home with a guy so someone liked him! Fun times, except I wasn't much of a drinker so ended up sick a few times. I guess I should have just stuck to dancing and drinking soda.
Hello again, Miss Cookie!.. Yes I remember the waiters of the Gilded Grape with their sailor's uniforms!.. ((Memories))... Oh I do remember Timmy Scott well and I was at his funeral and I was so sad he was gone!... Yes I remember Sherry... Oh Mara!! we met in Miami, FL before we all moved to NYC! (lots of us Cuban girls moved to NYC and The Gilded Grape was famous down in Florida) she was about 2 years younger than me and she called me “Mom” last time I saw her was before I moved out of Atlantic City and we lost touch a few years later anyone seen her or heard about her?... I love MS Taxi... Hope she will post more here soon... Glad to hear from you Cookie and hope to keep in touch my email is email@example.com (Oh yes I changed my name legally in 1985 to Carla but my stage name still Carlotta)..
Hi Carlotta! Yes I remember the Gilded Grape so very well. It was the predecessor to the GG Barnum Room. I met one of my first loves there, Stevie who was a waiter there back in 1976. Remember the waiters used to wear sailor's uniforms. Timmy Scott was the MC, Emma was the daytime barmaid. Marvin was a bartender there too. Do you remember Ms. Sherry? Mara, Marudy, and Ms. Hollywood along with Ms. Taxi, Pam and so many other girls were there regularly as I was.
Oh those glory days of the past...how I long for them again!
Hi Miss Cookie!... I would have to see if I can find any of the old picture, I lost some in Vegas... I gave away my trophies back in the late 80s and I wish I have not done it... I move back home Miami, FL last July 2011, and READY to go back to Vegas (I was there from 1983) those where the days GG's Barnum Room and after hours the 220 Club!... I often talk about those days to friends though out the years and they love it... Remember the Gilden Grape!....
I am so glad to hear the replies coming in about a club I loved so much.
Miss Taxi and the other ladies who posted here, do you have any pics from the back in the day? I am going to scan some in the next week and post them here. Does anyone know what happened to Pam and Vivian aka Miss Innocencia? And I do remember Mara very well. And Marudy too.
Hi Taxi, this is "Carlotta".. WOW I can't believe I found you guys!... If you remember, I used to do shows all over the place LOL..... If you don't remember me I won "Most promising Artist of 1977" held at "220 Club".. Any one seen Mara?... I moved to Atlantic City for a few years back on 1979... Moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1983 and work on the Strip with "Boylesque" and Vive Les Boys" Show! Miss you ALL!
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I came out at GG. I did shows there and had lots of friends. Taxi, Hollywood and Michelle. I loved it so much this is the place where I went from male to female. I met some very interesting people there. Some changed my life. One man bought me a French fashion magazine. I went to all the fashion shows and parties in the city. When it went to GG Barnum Room it was even better. The bartenders where Marvin, Edie Lane, where I would always sit. Jersey was a friend and even Chickie. I remember when Taxi was Miss GG Barnum I was a judge that night. To bad there is no place like this for transgender people to go to now in the city.
I used to work as a waiter then bartender at GG Knickerbocker. This was before the Barnum room in 1977-78. Mario was one of the bartenders and used to party with him a lot. On his birthday we all took micro dots and then at closing we all went to the 220 club then we went to 42nd Street to see Saturday Night Fever for 99 cents. The place was great I also remember Miss Timmy and of course Chickie. As an employee we all had to do a strip tease to a music we selected. Usually it was a 3 minute song and it was my first time to do it. It was the longest 3 minutes of my life but I got a lot of tips so I must have had what it takes. I am straight but I always loved the edgy atmosphere. I also met a lot of straight girls there who all wanted to convert me thinking I was gay. What the Ha'y. Miss Timmy always ended the night with her boisterous voice " Hotel motel time"
Lisa i havent seen jerseyin years. Not the grapevine.
Brandon i,m so happy to hear from you ,i use to ask conrad u allthe time.i would love to see u again. I,m on facebook as nichelle hughes. Or email@example.com much ,much luv2 u
Hey Miss Taxi, I wondered where you were. I remember the girls at GG's...Miss Chakka Savalas, (my roommate for a few years), Nikki Starr, Frances, Noby Rivera, Candy Stevens. Nice to see so many familiar names.
Do you remember what happened to him..... where he is now?
I last heard from him maybe 10 years ago haven't been able to find him since.
Trying to find out how he is
Cookl whats up girllllll. YOU WERE SO SWEET. I SO HAPPY TOHEAR FROM U.
I REMEMBER JERSEY. I KNEW HIM WELL.
I keep asking and I'm amazed that noone remembers the bouncers.
Trying to find out about a bouncer named "jersey", he also bounced at a club on Houston and 6th.
No one else remembers him?
My friends from the Limelight (in the villlage) brought me to GG's once. This was before the barnum room. I could not understand why they enjoyed socializing at a drag bar. Slowly I enjoyed going to GG's with many memories. I met the first person I fell in love with at GG's. Come to find out he was a hustler. By then it didn't matter. he left the life after we bacame partners. I won a dance contest at GG's to a Diana Ross concert at Radio City Music Hall. One of my friends had a fight with a drag queen. Her "straight" boyfriend was outside of GG's when we left and had a fight with my friend. I learned about a lifestyle I was not familiar with after befriending some of the drag queens at GG's. What I learned - straight guys would date drag queens but not gay guys. They used to call me "butch queen". They would always joke with me about wanting to f--- me. I became friends with one of the drag queens for a while who lived at a hotel nearby. I felt badly for her because she was not accepted by her family. What it taught me most was acceptance.
So happy to read all the great memories about GG Barnum Room, The Gilded Grape, and the infamous 220 Club. A big shout out to Miss Taxi, I am so happy and very proud of your accomplishments. You were always such a lady and one of the nicest people I can remember. And your Grace Jones impersonation was incredible and spot on! Love to hear from you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I the only one who remembers the bouncer named Jersey....his real name was Steve Benedetto....he lived in Queens Liberty Ave and 126th as I remember...
Wondering what happened to him.
I was a 17 yr old innocent from suburban NJ when I first started going there......boy did I get an education FAST.
Remember the staircase...
Had a blast....would follow the night with some place on Houston Street..or 54 or the Roof top.
Hey Rich M My name is David H now I live in Florida but! wow the 220 club sure brought back some memories god please get in contact with me and tell me what your up to! 347-777-8775 David H Night_vision48@yahoo.com
Where is Ogre ? Good times
Hi everyone, its DJ Richie from the 220 club in the village. I'm back in the business.
I'd like to say hello to my old friends. Where is Sal, DJ Willie, and whatever happened to Storm. Where is Row and Mike ? Anybody interested in talking about the old days, leave me message, I'll text u my number.
hi green eye cookie.its me taxi,live in harrisburg pa. got the change an a degree. its so good to hear from you.
Was team mates with Liz , April, & chuling... Was the youngest Dancer to make a try out. Was only 17 years old when i first started.
Now that you mention "Miss Hollywood", I have distinct memories of looking forward to seeing what she would wear every weekend. Along with her companions, they sported high fashion, hair, perfume and make-up that would set standards women couldn't meet! She would sneak up behind me, in the middle of a mix, cop a good feel and ask me to play her favorite song every week.
GG Barnum was one of my favorite clubs. I am Miss Cookie, 5'9 blonde with hazel eyes. I so miss the girls that were many of my friends. Miss Hollywood, Chakka Savalas, and of course Miss Taxi (whom I was so happy to read of your post) I would love to know what happened to my dear friend Vivian. Haven't seen her since I visited NY in the 90's at Sally's Hideaway. Before GG Barnum, all of us were fixtures at the Gilded Grape on 45th and 8th Avenue. So many wonderful memories of those days. The girls were so beautiful and the guys so hot! I remember getting my hormone shots with other few other girlfriends in the ladies rooms at GG's. Mr. Jimmy would bring in his camera bag full of hormone shots and after we got our injection in the booty, we went out dancing feeling more "real" than ever!
Love to hear from other girls or guys that have wonderful memories of the club. I so miss Wayne who bartendered in the main room. Wayne was so funny I can still hear him saying, "Nurse, get me another drink!" lol
Don't remember a bouncer named 'Jersey', but I do remember the manager 'Chickie'. He always looked pissed and wasn't nice to anyone. He would pay everyone like it was his own money any it was too much. LOL!!! I ran into him a few years ago at a job site I was working, and he didnt remember me. He asked me for a job and I said "you have to know somebody" and since you dont know me, your screwed! LOL
anyone know what happend to the bouncer named Jersey......God those were the days
I could never consider the Barnum room as a gay bar because everyone was welcome there and they partied together. Figuring out who was who could be tricky, but ultimately they partied together. Total strangers were passing little sponges doused with locker room to each other and sipping each other's drinks and smoking each other's cigarettes, all on the dance floor. Now I have to; do drugs in the bathroom, smoke outside, never take my eyes off my drink and bring condoms!
'The Hollywood' where DJ Joey P hung his hat became GG's Barnum Room after they acquired the lobby of the hotel next door and turned it into a Dance Floor/Circus. Rosner installed the sound for the new room, but when I spoke to him he pointed out that the budget compromised his ability to design something optimal. The result was a system that only sounded good when the room was packed so the people's clothes would absorb the echoes bouncing of all that marble. And then he made the mistake of installing 3 technic 1500mkII's which sucked so bad, if you made a good mix it was by luck! Im not even gonna detail how bad the system in the little room was, and like Renee Hewitt said, that was the proving ground to get in the next room. But when the Starship closed down, Rosner salvaged those parts to upgrade both rooms, and then we were cookin with gas!
I used to spin there with Willie Guzman, fun times ! I also dj'd in the village at several other clubs. Whatever happened to Willie ?
Yeah, whatever happened to DJ Willie, I was a close friend of his, I DJ'd at 220 Club.
Ah yes, I'm much older now but the memories will remain forever. No, I'm not gay, never was, but I loved GG's back in the late 70's. I'd work my hard hours, spend my money on clothes, shoes, weed, acid, and hit the Barnum to drink and dance my a** away! The music, sights, people, even the staff (bouncers included) were nice. My last time there, I got so twisted, I passed out at the coat check-out line. I remember the strong hands of a HUGE bouncer (2 of 'em) gently lifting me up, taking my jacket, umbrella, and escorting me outside as I couldn't walk; repeatedly saying "I'm sorry" and they'd say, "it's alright, everythings OK". They took me outside, got me a chair and were ordered by someone to make sure nothing or no one harmed me. They made sure I wouldn't leave til I was OK; able to function. Yes, I was straight, but I was a steady, non-problematic customer who only came for the entertainment. Those were some beautiful days.
i was the first miss gg barnum after the gilded grape. i was a show girl mostley known for doing grace jones. i,m still here.a few things have changed if yoyu know what i mean. if you remember hit me up.
GG's - Originally a lobby (as someone said earlier)
it was not for the easily surprised. If the HE-SHEs
didnt rob you or take your beanz you got off lucky.
Between the pimps and male/remale hookers pickpockets. drug dealers etc etc etc it was quite the eclectic hosh-posh of many a freak !
I went with the guys Steven, Todd, Al-Katraz, Sckotta and Smitty and met other friends there but in actuality we did not belong there and I am still not sure y we ever went ! I wonder where April & Ramey went ,,, Uggghhhh !
Purple microdots and GG Barnums - WHAT a combination
That was a great place and I enjoyed playing the music with DJ Richie.
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GGBR was the greatest and a real icon of the disco decade.
It was fun to go into the "bar" at in the afternoon and see the Times Square population. It looked rough but the people were really very nice (I think). The Barnum Room was the place to go before one went to Studio 54,just to get warmed up for that scene. I though the GG room was really more fun than 54.I often took my Tennessee relatives and friends to gg's and then loved to see their reactions when I told them the beauties were guys.
Does anyone remember the beauty contests. One year it went on every night for an entire week. When the winner was crowned it was as she had won Miss America,not Miss GG. Her entire family,aunts uncles,and cousins were in the house to cheer her on. The winner was a short PR guy. I do not remember her name.
Great memories of a great time to be young in NYC!
This place was The Peppermint Lounge before it was GG's,right? I went there one night in the 70's to check out what was going on since the Peppermint Lounge closed down. All transvestites there. Freaky place. Anyone ever go the the bar down the street called "club 45 or 45 Club" or something like that in the late 60's and early 70's. I think the movie " Midnight Cowboy" shot a couple of scenes in that joint.
My funnest memory of the Barnum Room ... I was about 16 or so, I was always big & looked older then I was. I meet two "girl" & I thought I was going to have a orgy with them. To make a long story short, that night I found out what a drag queen was. Most of the time I was at Infinity.
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Thanks Rene, Are you still playing ? My buddy Gary Stewart Of Gary Stewart Audio NY has been busy installing systems overseas as of late! If you go to his webite gasny.com you can see some of his latest projects, one of which is zouk club . My friend Chuck here in jersey constructs most of his audio consoles. Stay in touch Rene. firstname.lastname@example.org peace, Woodstock
Hi and know I don't know who designed it. Maybe Alex Rosner did it since he was very popular during that time. But, I don't think Richard Long designed it.
Does anyone recall who designed the original sound system for Gi-Gi's ? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the late Richard Long of richard Long and Associates NY. could it have been Louis Feldman who has also since passed away,not too long after Richard ? Rene Hewitt do you have any clue? regards, Woodstock...
I also remember the barnum room well... We couldnt get into 54 or xenon's and settled for this spot... It was a crazy scene. We were blasted and could not believe our eyes... A circus act (trapeze) in the middle of a club. I remember hangin out there and watching these amazons walking around... And to our dismay soon found out they were Transformers!!!! (former men!!!) After few rum cokes, it took a few reach arounds and some noticely large adam apples to discover these were not the grand damsels in distress that we were looking for. Needles to say why the drinks were flowing... Guess we got played that night... All in fun though cause we went back a few times. Music and atmosphere was great neverthe less.... NYC nightlife at its finest!
That Barnum room was something else. In order for someone to play there, you had to compete in the small bar next door. The audience would clap and the rest was yours. Yea, DJ Willie was playing there before me and then I stayed for a very long time.
I remember the Barnum Room Well. One of my memories was the fashion show. I must have been 19 years old and it was my first time at the club. The fashion show started and I turned to my best friend Nicky Marinelli and said the girls looked beautiful. A guy next to me said, Honey they are not females but men. My god they looked better then some women I know. That was my first time there. I have to say the music and the atmosphere was great, and I went back many times. You had to be open minded to go to the Barnum Room, It was not a place that celebrities went, so most anyone got in. That is some of my memories of the club. Does anyone else remember the transvestite fashion Show?
I was like a furniture fixture there on the weekends! A DJ friend of mine from LI suggested I try this club and lo and behold it became my favorite weekend disco for a good year or two! A few of us would get together and drive in from Queens (when parking wasn't as nuts as it is now!) and pretty much party there until they closed. I remember dancing downstairs in two different areas with two different DJS, as well as upstairs. I took my FATHER there one time and he absolutely loved it!!
Barnums' was the place. What ever happened to DJ Willie. I played upstairs after he did.
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GiGi's Barnum Room,I remember it well. Flying trapeez,Giant Mirror Ball, DJ Willy. It was a cools spot, Pretty decent sound system too. I was in my late teens? early 20's. A friend and I were looking for a club to try and didn't have a clue, and two girls on the street said "Go to Gi Gi's !!!
My buddy kissed a transvestite on the way out, proclaiming, " Your'e a pretty Mutha F - - r" Those were the days. Peace everyone !
The Carter Hotel is apparently still in operation as a 'budget' hotel- -
Do not recall HNO2 tanks in bathrooms. Perhaps they were hidden away 'cause I just wasn't hip enough. If anyone knows what became of the faded glory of the Carter Hotel, why not post it here, as well. It was a famous haunt for after-club partying for folks from haunts ranging from Barnum Room all the way to chic 54 clientele!
And dont forget the nitros tanks in the rest rooms!
Aha! My dear Soul70'Z strikes again. In what used to be the Restaurant and Lounge in the Hotel Carter on 48th Street, right across from the New York Times building, was this Circus!! The first time I went in there, I went in with a bi-guy who loved coke and transvestites. I just couldn't believe it. What a scene. I sincerely thought they'd chew me up and spit me out; and I am not one to be easily intimidated. I ended up not only having quite a party that evening, but securing a suite at the very top floor of the venerable Hotel Carter itself that evening (I took my life in my hands) because I'd imbibed a little bit too much. That morning, I discovered a number of people of various gender-identities in the four rooms that adjoined one another, including a "straight" young man who was so accommodating as to ask for a few bucks to buy breakfast. I gave him $50, not expecting to ever see it again. No more than 20 minutes later, he not only brought back a nice continental breakfast, but also brought back cheap champagne and orange juice, and we all waited for the "girls" to put on their makeup whilst the young man put two tables and some chairs on the tiny balcony outside, and we ate a champagne breakfast, modest as it was, outside, about 25 floors up. It was about 1984. I seem to recall that we had lunch on me at a Chinese restaurant and I took them all out to the Red Parrot that night -- they were a delightful bunch of New York's denizens of the night!
Thanks, exdj....I think i have CRS (can't remember s***) I am so glad you remembered!! It was so much fun, the straight guys that were there were so confused, the queens were so much fun, and it was definately do your own thing. But just like the clubs today, i never go wanting to meet anybody, just to dance and laugh my head off!!!
this club was a little blast from the past. was it an old hotel lobby at one time. the bar and dance floor were made of marble, up above was a net, pole, & 2 or 3 swings. drag queens actually did the act or show. the music & lights were good, however i don't remember this club ever being the place to be. if anything this was a place to get away and do your own thing. "g.g. barnum room" good call on this club soul70'z
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