Monday, August 01, 2005
As someone who straddles the Hudson on a daily basis, working and playing in both Hoboken and Manhattan, there is one constant refrain I hear from my many wonderful New York City friends: "I wish you would DJ in the city!"
Well, my many wonderful New York City friends, this Thursday at 9:30 p.m. your "Oh, I'd love to come but it's in Jersey" line just isn't going to cut it. Yes, I'm coming to your town and I'll help you party down, and I'm doing it at Ding Dong Lounge.
Ding Dong is an oasis of punk rock cool on Columbus Avenue between 105th St. and 106th St., a decidedly ungentrified block of Morningside Heights. Allegedly the site of a former crack den, Ding Dong is run by a former owner of the late, great Motor City Bar downtown. The atmospheric joint has a gang of classic punk posters on the walls, a pool table, and—I shit you not—hula hoops.
There's no cover. Arrive thirsty and enjoy a bucket of Rheingolds: 5 beers for 10 bucks. The music has been totally kick-ass every time I've been there, and I'm primed to live up to the high rock & roll standards they abide by. Take the 1 train to Broadway & 103rd or the B/C to Central Park West & 103rd. Or get a freakin' taxi.
I'm also doing my usual weekend rockfest at The Goldhawk this Saturday at 10 p.m., so you can rock on whichever side of the river you prefer.
Mike C. at DING DONG LOUNGE
929 Columbus Ave. between 105th St. & 106th St., NYC
Thursday, August 4
9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
HOBOKEN ROCK CITY
Mike C. at THE GOLDHAWK
936 Park Ave. at 10th St.
Saturday, August 6
10 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Stop by say hi!