Safeway has a sale on mussels , 1.99 % lb . I bought a bag .
While shucking thru a bowl of the little fellers , I reminisced
about one of my last parties held at 42 Peck Slip . I decided to
have mussels . So I got a stock pot big enough to be used as an end
table from one of the Bowery restaurant supply places . And gallons
of whole milk and pounds of butter and some habaneros and garlics .
And got up early MidWinter morning and went down to the Fish Market
to get mussels .
Fantastic prices on mussels just then . Regular were , like , 15$ a
bushel bag ; premium were , like , 16 . If my old 1.44MB "floppys"
are readable , I'm sure the transaction can be found . They were so
cheap , I bought 2 and had them handtrucked over to 42 .
They were giant and meaty . The meat in one of them was equivalent
to ten of these Safeway suckers .
My greatest complement was life long NYCer Len Rosenfeld
that they were the best mussels he ever had , something he
identified me by in following years . We all pretty much finished
off one bushel , but didn't touch the second . I ended up hauling
it downstairs to MacMenamin's Paris Cafe around
0400 , maybe later , and just giving it to the bar . In those
pre-Giuliani I bragged that I must be doing something right to
live somewhere I could go downstairs and get Guinness on tap 24
hours a day . ( When they closed for the public , they
opened for the Fish Market . )
I see Len died at 84 in 2009 . So many of the Manhattan milieu I
knew have croaked their last .
Which got me wondering whether Konstantine Bokov
still hiking the streets and avenues finding form in the urban
jetsam . At Len & Janet's New Year's Eve 2000 party , Bokov
decorated my hat of those times :
It's good to see Konstantine is alive at 74 and his art more
appreciated than ever : http://rogallery.com/Bokov/Bokov-hm.htm
Well , back to real work .
Happy Labor Day .
Here is Bokov with my cousin Jean Martin at my 1995 CoSy MidWinter