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1992 - 1996
From 1988 until it's closing in 1999, I kept the spirit of the Bay
Shore Hotel alive and kicking through my best effort ever at cartoons
and comics, Life at the Bay Shore Hotel.
Unfortunately I have only one copy left. If anyone has them, please contact
me so I can scan them and post them here. If you also have any
photos (which can be posted - if you know what I mean) please contact
The Bay Shore Hotel has a rich, mysterious, intriguing and dreadful
history and a lingering memory. I have to find time to put it on
paper and it is echoed throughout several of my novels.
People who lived "upstairs" or were regulars, like myself,
experienced a remarkable throwback to the wild days of old Long
Island. Our drinks were served up accompanied by street hookers,
outlaws, gunmen, pool sharks, hustlers, cuckolds, cheaters,
smugglers, players, smooth operators, high steppers and low
brows. Most folks across Long Island knew of the place and
considered it a place not to be seen near or around. Forget ever
stepping foot inside. Once you did, you never wanted to leave. Where
else could you spend an evening in a world made up of the fantasies
of those around you, and of your own imagination? Everyone was a
character - everyone. And everyone acted as if they were bullet
proof. In fact, I've been shot at, knifed, and experienced my fair
share of rumbles at the Hotel. Fights were very common and the drinks
passed around afterwards simple protocol.
I had a stable of whores working for me from the Hotel. I have no
idea how I became a pimp; never gained a dime from the ladies, but
somehow, I was the guy to talk to for illicit sex. And with all the
ladies hanging onto me, well, I never stirred anyone in the wrong direction.
On the other hand, I was also considered the Second Precinct's top
informer from the Bay Shore area. Why? because I was always picking
the brains of the cops and under covers who ventured regularly into
the Hotel. I needed information about police work for my novels and
they needed information about what was going on in the streets - the
Hotel being the citadel of street life in Bay Shore. Needless to say,
I never had any great information for them but gathered enough to
convince my readers that I had done my homework for my novels.
I have also built a series of drawings entitled the Bay Shore Hotel.
You can view that among my artwork pages. Click here to go directly
to the Bay Shore artwork series.
Vol. 1, No. 3
Happy Birthday, Chuckie
Vol. 1, No. 4
Jim, Tom, Diane, Dan, Me, Pat, Rose,
Dennis, Joe, Diane & Pat
Vol. 1, No. 5
Only at the Bayshore Hotel
Vol. 1, No. 8
OIn Living Color