Monday, December 04, 2006

Dubrow's as cultural milepost

About a year ago, I found a reference in another blog to a visit to Brooklyn by JFK, which apparently took place right in front of Dubrow's Cafeteria.

Today I found another reference to what may be the same event, in an article by Carol DeMare, as the subject of her story recalls JFK's assassination:

"Albany attorney Jerry Weiss, was 18 and working in the accounting department of Irving Bank and Trust Co. on Wall Street while attending college. A co-worker heard it over the radio, and "we thought he was kidding, and when we realized he wasn't, a pall came over, and by the time we left ... it was dark and dismal." The subway was dead silent "and people were literally crying, tears running down their cheeks," Weiss said. "It was the most eerie awful train ride home ever."

Weiss, 61, was energized seeing the candidate in Brooklyn outside Dubrow's Cafeteria where 10,000 came out. "This figure jutting up from a convertible, it was magical. I think he stood for the notion we can be better than we are as a nation, so when it was lights out, it was a terrible blow."

7 comments:

Miss April 1956 said...

I used to go to Dubrow's for the huge perogis. I was in the band Pulsallama, and we rehearsed at the "music building" on 8th ave and 38th. After my garmento job in the Empire State building, I would get a snack at Dubrow's and go rehearse.

The interior was rivaled only by the exterior. It was the most dazzling diary cafeteria on the planet. Pulsallama often played at Danceteria.

Eve said...

Wonderful! I haven't heard much about Dubrow's perogis. Glad to know they were a hit, too.

Incidentally, Danceteria also has a website...have you seen it?

Rhea said...

I just discovered your blog. Very cool. I, too, live in Boston and am very interested in historic things of this nature. I am going to go back in your archive and see what I missed.

Eve said...

Welcome! Glad you stopped by.

jeffhamptons@yahoo.com said...

my name is jeff and my mother was a tachnick whose uncle married into the dubrows family...they changed their name to tobin and i worked as a young boy at the dubrows on kingshighway for many years for paul tobin max's son...i cleaned tables, dishes etc. was a great time to grow up in

howardmargulies@mac.com said...

Hi Eve. For some reason, this evening I had an urge to search for Dubrow's cafeteria-- and up popped your blog. Delighted!

My parents were very fond of the Dubrow's on Kings Highway and 16th St, and took my brother and there regularly in the 60s and 70s. Natch, it became a favorite haunt of my wife and I. (BTW, I have a matchbook which reveals only the intersection and its proximity to the B.M.T. No street address!)

One Sunday, who knows the year, my parents and brother were stranded in the restaurant during a torrential downpour which flooded Kings Highway-- at least at the corner, and water cascaded through the revolving door every time a bus or car went by. I remember thinking how cool it was to be stuck in there with all the danish.

I distinctly remember the shooting of "Boardwalk" because my father was friends with Joe Silver, one of the actors in the film.

(Why does everyone suddenly sound like Larry King when they write these fragmented memoirs?)

Here's what I recall of the food: sides of apple sauce (great, if not a little watery), meatloaf, roast chicken and stuffing (like I needed those carbs even then) coffee cake, and really excellent coffee. My wife reminds me the iced coffee was always good.

And, although I could never figure out the mysteries of the punch card, I'm pretty sure the food was reasonably priced for its day.

Eve said...

Welcome Jeff and Howard!

Jeff, it is so neat to me how people who I am related to through distant connections come out of the woodwork through this blog. I have no contact info for Paul Tobin, though my cousin Joanne Gruber probably does. If you do, send him this way and tell him I'd love to publish his stories about Dubrows...

Howard, I'm so glad you decided to google Dubrow's on a lark...I think many people discover this blog that way. And that's why it's here.