Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

A real Pittsburgh experience.  Bittersweet evening. After three decades of successful business, a favorite institution was closing and we were there for the final night. Gracious owners and hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowsi ensured we felt like adopted family.

SATURDAY night we drove over to Bloomfield, We got there early as by the end of the evening it was standing room only.  We ate a Polish Platter, sipped some drafts and listened to some lively music by Ploughman’s Lunch.

We purchased our souvenir BBT t- shirts to commemorate the evening.

I took photos to document the farewell party to Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.

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Our hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowski

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On the left, Mr. Stanley Frankowski, original owner of the Bloomfield Tavern . John Hayes wrote in Mr. Frankowski’s obituary “Mr. Frankowski had a soft spot for struggling artists, and the tavern became and continues to be an important entry-level venue for local rock bands. Many of Pittsburgh most popular bands, including Rusted Root and The Clarks, played at the tavern in their infancy. Years before musical concept artists Squonk Opera took their show to the Broadway stage, they took it to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.”

John HaysSince 2005, John Hayes has organized and emceed every Tuesday Open Stage Night helping many young singers and songwriters get started on their musical careers.

Drummer Dennis Childers and the band Ploughman’s Lunch.

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Karl Mullen Frontman of Ploughman’s Lunch and John Hayes

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First date at BBT over twenty years and two kids later.  Meet Cynthia and Michael O’Shea.

 

Performance Artist Phat Man Dee has some wild light up shoes from Amazon.  They kept changing colors and oh say can you see, she sang a crowd pleasing number with the band.

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Sister-in-law Mary Jane wore the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern party Underwear to her Father-in-law’s funeral twelve years ago.  She held it to the light for me to take a photo.

On thing is certain.  This popular local treasure and venue is going to be missed.

 

 

 

Being a tourist in my own city

 

When you turn 65 in Pittsburgh you can apply for a free PAT bus pass.

Monday morning I went downtown on the 71 B.  I am going to familiarize myself with schedules and routes but having a smart phone is a big help

You can pick the stop where you’re waiting it tells you how many minutes until a bus arrives. My plan is to visit all of the 88 neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.

Here’s  Day One of my Free Bus Pass Photography Adventure.IMG_9946Me waiting at Highland and Bryant for the 71 B to go downtown.

Meet Kevin M. who accepted my medicare card until I get the pass.

His portrait will be wonderful in the People at Work show next July.

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taken as I exited the bus, with his gracious permission.

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The Port Authority where you fill out your application to get your bus pass.

 

I went to the City County Building where I was greeted by a sign and a bronze statue of Mayor Caligiuri

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IMG_9977Mayor Caligiuri by Robert Berks 1990

 

 

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Cathedral of Learning   University of Pittsburgh

 

I rejoined the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland

 

 

Crabcake and Slaw lunch at the Union Grill

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St. Paul Cathedral as I went to the next Bus Stop to get to Shadyside where they were setting up a Vintage Car Show on Walnut Street

Cars arriving in trailers  I caught the next bus on Highland Avenue and guess who my driver was?  Yep you guessed. Turns out Kevin went to the same high school as my sons but he was a class ahead of Mark.

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Steve and I  took a ride up to Shadyside later to see the vintage cars but it was raining

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Bridges Gallery 2

Bridge is the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I think I have enough bridge photographs to last all week. You’ve seen them before if you follow the blog.

In fact, I might get out and shoot some more bridges not part of my collection-yet.

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Tenth Street Bridge Lit up for Tom Cruise Movie

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Birmingham Bridge

 

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Hot Metal Bridge     Bras for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Rankin Bridge over the Monongahela River

 

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Barge on the Monongahela River

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Tenth Street Bridge from South Side

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Roberto Clemente Bridge

 

Artist Bill Pfahl paints the 16th Street Bridge in 2011

I Live in the City of Bridges

Pittsburgh is the City of Bridges 

We have 446 of them

What a perfect challenge for the week, thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Here are some pictures from my archives

You can see seven bridges in this aerial shot

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On the Allegheny in Winter

 

Homestead Grays Bridge

 

Roberto Clemente Bridge after a baseball game

 

 

Down on the Ohio River

McArdle Roadway above Cupples Field Southside

 

Railroad Bridge from the Convention Center

 

Ninth Street Bridge on the Allegheny

Ft Pitt Bridge upon arriving into the city from the tunnel

40th Street Bridge State Seals

Knit the Bridge 7th Street Bridge- Andy Warhol Bridge

 

Panther Hollow Padlocks

West End Bridge

Roberto Clemente Bridge

Roberto Clemente Bridge From the Renaissance Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting in a Railway Station,Got a ticket for my destination

i just dropped my sister at the Amtrak Railroad Station in Pittsburgh.

She’ll get to New York City late this afternoon.  A long day but scenic snd comfortable. You can get up and walk around. I packed her a lunch.

We’ve had a nice couple of weeks together, driving over 2200 miles. Our brother David had to fly out early Sunday.  We got  together with our Illinois relatives to celebrate our Aunt Rhea’s life.

Mary was able to stay  through my birthday which felt really nice.

Here’s the train station collage from this morning

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Fireworks After the Ballgame and the Furries are Back in Town

After the baseball game, the Zambelli family Fireworks were beautiful.

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We crossed the Roberto Clemente Bridge

 

The Furries are in the Burgh

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I got the thumbs up through the pizza shop window that it was okay to take the photo

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Views from Fineview

Fineview is certainly named appropriately. It is a fine view from this vantage point.

A neighborhood I’d not visited before…went there with a fellow artist J. on Saturday night.  Pittsburgh from the North Side of the city.

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The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) to be Shown at Row House Cinema

After dinner, Steve drove me by Row House Cinema on Butler Street.  I tried to get a couple of panoramas so that’s why the passing cars looked chopped up.iPhone shots tonight.

The Lawrenceville Historical Society and Row House Cinema present

The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) shown on Friday JUNE 23, 2017  at 7 PM

4115 Butler Street

Also-  Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn highlight reel will be shown
With round by round commentary from the panel

Gene Collier – Post-Gazette columnist
Tim Conn – Billy’s eldest son
Paul F. Kennedy – author of Billy Conn’s biography
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a member was hanging a flyer at Ritter’s Diner and Aphrodite introduced us. Here she is holding the flyer announcing the event.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by clicking this link

After dinner, Steve drove me by Row House Cinema on Butler Street.  I tried to get a couple of panoramas so that’s why the passing cars looked chopped up.

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IMG_7323IMG_7327IMG_7328And then a V of honking geese flew overhead