Members of The Kelly Gang, pictured in 2002, including founding member and Stuyvesant Town resident Keith Kelly, standing behind former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (Photo courtesy of the NY Post)
By Sabina Mollot
What began with an annual get together by a group of media professionals with the last name Kelly has morphed over a period of 18 years into a charity that this week will have raised over $1 million for various notable causes.
Stuyvesant Town resident and New York Post columnist Keith Kelly, who’s one of the founding members of this group, spoke with Town & Village this week about The Kelly Gang and how its supporters have included former top cop Ray Kelly and even Donald Trump.
Ahead of its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner, which was held on Tuesday night at midtown restaurant Michael’s, Keith Kelly said the gang began with an informal Christmas meal in 2000. At first it was Keith, Ed Kelly, who was then CEO of American Express Publishing, Mike Kelly, then the publisher of Entertainment Weekly, Jim Kelly, editor in chief of Time magazine, and author Tom Kelly. At the time, it was for a news story on various media Kellys who’d gotten promotions and they met up at The Four Seasons.
“Ed Koch saw us and sent over a round of drinks,” Keith recalled. One day, when spotting the group at the pub Langan’s, Post columnist Steve Dunleavy dubbed them The Kelly Gang.
The Irish Arts Center will hold a free event all day offering classes in Irish language, theater, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. (Photo courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)
By Sabina Mollot
St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, March 17. For those looking for a way to celebrate beyond the parade and local pub crawls, a number of businesses and organizations are offering concerts, plays and historic walks as well as Irish culture classes and family activities throughout the week. Read on for more information on events leading up to St. Patrick’s Day as well as the day of.
IRISH HISTORY TOURS–Merchant’s House, 29 East 4th Street, is a museum with a mission of educating the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835-1865.
The house is offering several “ghost” tours, this month, including on St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets can be purchased online at merchantshouse.org.
On Sunday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m., there will be a walking tour, not in the museum, but the Noho area. In this “In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy” tour, participants will learn about the world of Irish immigrants, who flooded into New York City in the 19th century to escape famine and hardship in Ireland. In 1855, approximately 24,000 Irish immigrants worked as servants for wealthy families like the Merchant’s House’s Tredwells. Tour is one hour and $15.
The Irish Repertory Theatre has extended its run of “Crackskull Row,” which will be playing on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
By Sabina Mollot
This year, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, falls on a Friday, opening the options somewhat for those looking to celebrate even through the wee hours of the holiday.
And, as always, many venues are opening earlier than usual for those who want something to do before or after the parade in midtown.
At Kips Bay bar Paddy Reilly’s, there’ll be live music starting at 1 p.m. Irish rock tunes will be played by Craig and Tom Fitzpatrick from 1-4 p.m. and from 4-5 p.m. house band Raging Horn Pipes will take the stage. A staffer there also said guests can expect a few giveaways. There will be a cover charge that has yet to be determined, but the staffer said it would probably be ten dollars. Doors open at 9 a.m. and don’t close again until 4 a.m. Take note that the place has no kitchen, so anyone hoping for an authentic Irish meal may want to get a reservation in advance at Irish pub Molly’s Shebeen or Pete’s Tavern, which will also have a full Irish menu, for lunch or dinner. Paddy Reilly’s, 519 Second Avenue at 29th Street, (212) 686-1210
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present an Irish trilogy of three and a half shows written and performed by Brian Fleming (pictured) on Monday, March 14 and 21 at Under St. Marks. (Photo by Johnny White)
Historic walks, theater, concerts and more
By Sabina Mollot
The one day of the year when everyone’s Irish is nearly upon us once again, and Town & Village has compiled a list of events taking place on March 17 and throughout the week that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or Irish culture.
The Irish Repertory Theater presents “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” a show directed by John Malkovich running from March 15 to April 3, including on St. Patrick’s Day at 7 p.m. This solo show featuring Julian Sands will explore the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Pinter’s lesser-known poems and prose “devoid of pretension or glittery trappings.”
Tickets are $71 and the venue is the theater’s temporary home at DR2 at 103 East 15th Street, as Irish Repertory’s Chelsea venue undergoes renovations. Tickets are available online at www.irishrep.org.
Irish music can be heard throughout the afternoon and evening at Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar at 519 Second Avenue and East 29th Street, starting at 1 p.m. The first band is Triocha Bandits from 1-4 p.m., playing Gaelic music. The Itinerants play from 5-9 p.m. and regular Thursday night house band Irish Seisiun from 10:30 p.m. to closing. Both bands will play traditional Irish music and folk songs. Cover is $10. This event is 21 and up. For more information, visit paddyreillymusicbar.us.
Throughout the afternoon on March 17, Merchants House will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy.”
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum presents the tour, “Irish Outsiders,” in the restored home of an Irish-Catholic immigrant family. (Photo courtesy of Tenement Museum)
By Sabina Mollot
This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday, March 17, and for those looking for a way to celebrate the day when everyone’s Irish (that doesn’t necessarily involve pounding down pints of Guinness), Town & Village has you covered. Read on for information on some local events celebrating Irish culture and/or St. Patrick on Tuesday and throughout the week.
On Friday, March 13 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., the Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, presents the “Spirit of the Irish Candlelight Ghost Tour.” On this candlelit tour, guests will learn the history of the house where eight people died, and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from those who actually experienced them. Many of the most peculiar occurrences have been related to the Tredwells’ Irish servants, and so this special tour will include the 4th floor servants’ quarters. The New York Times has called the Merchant’s House “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” Admission is $25, $15 for museum members. For more information, call (212) 777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org.
Concertina player Noel Hill will perform on Friday as part of NYU’s “Blarney Star Concert Series.”
On Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m., New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House presents “The Blarney Star Concert Series” with Noel Hill and Martin O’Connell. Concertina player Noel Hill, of County Clare, is known for revolutionizing the sound of the little hexagonal-ended squeezebox, bringing to it a repertoire and chordal accompaniment style borrowed from the uilleann piping tradition. For this show, he’ll perform with Martin O’Connell, a younger Kerry native who’ll play the two-row button box accordion.
Free admission to NYU students and faculty with a valid ID card. For non-members, a $15 donation at the door for the Blarney Star Concert Series is requested. Tickets are available at the door only; no reservations will be accepted. For more information, call (212) 998-3950.
On Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at noon, Big Onion Tours presents a guided walk through the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street. This family friendly tour will explain why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland. Stops could include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, and sites associated with Tammany Hall, Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others. The group will meet directly in front of St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for full-time students with ID and seniors 65 and up. Paying in advance is suggested at www.bigonion.com.
On Sunday, March 15 at 12:30 p.m., the Merchant’s House Museum presents the “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants.” This tour will invite participants to climb the house’s narrow staircase to the newly restored fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work. The tour will explain why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without them.
Admission is $10, $5 students and seniors, free for children under 12. Reservations not required. For more information, call (212) 777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org.
On Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m., the Church of the Epiphany at East 22nd Street and Second Avenue presents a free concert with Epiphany’s Adult Choir and guest instrumentalists. The program will include Irish and St. Patrick’s Day related hymns from the chorus with more Irish and Irish-inspired music in a variety of genres from guest professional singers and instrumentalists, including drummers, flutists and harp players.
Stuyvesant Town fitness instructor Tim Haft will present two holiday themed classes (followed by happy hour drinking at Otto’s Shrunken Head for those looking to balance holiday debauchery with something healthy).
Haft will offer his weekly Punk Rope class on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street. Admission is $12. His new MoshFit class, offered weekly at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 East 14th Street, will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:15-7 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-wish with a suggested amount of $12. Both classes will be followed by happy hour at Otto’s with drafts and well drinks priced at $4 (Monday from 8:30-11 p.m., Tuesday until 8 p.m.) For more information, visit punkrope.com/mosh-fit.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street, is offering a tour of the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants who started a new life in Kleindeutschland (now the East Village). The tour reveals how this family dealt with being “outsiders” at 97 Orchard, and how the Irish more broadly created a strong sense of American Irish identity through the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This “Irish Outsiders” tour, which is recommended for ages 12 and up, is actually offered daily a few times a day. On Tuesday, March 17, it’s given at 12:15, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15 and 4:45 p.m. For schedules on other days throughout the week, call (877) 975-3786 or visit www.tenement.org. Booking tours online is recommended since some tours sell out. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.
Irish Repertory Theatre is currently running the show “Da,” at the theater’s temporary space at DR2 Theatre. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)
Irish Repertory Theatre, which stages works by Irish and Irish-American playwrights, is currently running the show “Da,” at the theater’s temporary space at DR2 Theatre, 101 E. 15th St., through April 5. “Da” runs eight times each week, including on St. Patrick’s Day, with Tuesday performances at 7 p.m.
In this play by Hugh Leonard, a man named Charlie returns to his childhood home in Dublin in 1968 after his father’s funeral only to find the stubborn patriarch’s ghost unwilling to leave the house. Immediately, Charlie and his father (his “da”) start bickering as they did in life. Town & Village theater critic Peter Von Mayrhauser recently called the banter “wildly funny,” noting that “playwright Leonard has a great ear for Irish blarney.” Director is Charlotte Moore. Tickets are $70 and can be bought online at irishrep.org or by calling (212) 727-2737.
Nude literary salon “Naked Girls Reading” will present works by Irish authors. (Photo by Angela McConnell)
Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Naked Girls Reading: The Emerald Isle,” on Wednesday, March 18 at from 8-10 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. “Naked Girls Reading” is a monthly literary salon featuring readings by local burlesque performers and others who strip down to nothing.
This month, readers will share literature, history, musings and more by and about Ireland’s greatest authors: classics by Oscar Wilde and James Joyce; selections from contemporary authors; traditional folk tales and stories; and musings on the demon Drink by authors from Ireland and beyond.
Host Nasty Canasta will be joined by Evelyn Vinyl, Nina La Voix and Stormy Leather for this in-the-buff celebration, which they’ve promised will not involve green beer or foam leprechaun hats. Cover is $25 (two for $40). For tickets, visit www.horsetrade.info/under-st-marks.
Lieutenant Mike Kotlyar, Community Council President Frank Scala and Executive Officer Frank Sorensen
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Burglaries have been on the rise in the 13 precinct in the last month, Executive Officer Frank Sorensen reported at the most recent Community Council meeting on Tuesday.
Sorensen filled in at the meeting for the commanding officer, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, who was unable to attend due to a family emergency, and said that while crime in general is flat for the year so far, burglaries on the East Side have increased, and most of them are due to unlocked doors.
“Three out of four of the victims had left their front doors open,” he said. “There are guys going around just trying doors and grabbing computers or anything else they can get.”
There were also recently three drug-related deaths over the weekend due to possible GHB overdoses. Sorensen said that GHB is a drug that is put into drinks and police are waiting for more information from the medical examiner. Oxycontin and other drugs were found in the apartment of one of the victims, Charlie Denihan, whose family owns a chain of Union Square hotels,
Police don’t expect foul play in any of the three incidents.
Despite the hard partying around Union Square over the weekend, Sorensen did note that St. Patrick’s Day, which fell on a Monday this year, was fairly quiet.
“Some in the past have been rough but maybe it’s just taking a backseat to SantaCon,” he said.
Detective Ray Dorrian added the quiet around the holiday also may have had to do with the fact that the holiday has fallen at the end of the week or on the weekend for the last three years before this one, which most likely made the crowds more rowdy.
Police Officer John Seidita, the traffic safety officer, was at the meeting to address the precinct’s efforts for traffic enforcement, in conjunction with the mayor’s Vision Zero plan. Officer Seidita said that they have been focusing on enforcement of motorized e-bikes, which were previously allowed due to a loophole in the law but have been officially banned since January. He encouraged residents to email him at email@example.com or call at (212) 477-2530 concerning complaints about e-bikes.
Captain Sorensen also introduced Lieutenant Mike Kotlyar, who is the new platoon commander that will be at the front desk from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. and can address problems from area residents at the precinct.
While this community has certainly had its legitimate concerns about excess bars and rowdiness, in particular on St. Patrick’s Day, most of the celebrants Town & Village ran into on Saturday afternoon appeared to be partying responsibly.
Pictured here are some of those revelers at various watering holes and other spots in the East Village and Union Square areas, while dressed in their holiday best.
"Beyond the Horizon" will play at the Irish Repertory Theatre on St. Patrick's Day. See listing for details.
The following article was first published in Town & Village on March 8. In case you missed it, read on for the events taking place on St. Patrick’s Day.
Those looking to celebrate the holiday in honor of a saint and Irish culture, who aren’t looking to barhop, need look no further, thanks to a variety of other forms of entertainment, including Irish theater and music that are being offered at the following local spots in Manhattan.
Irish cuisine will be served throughout the day at the following venues: Barfly, 244 Third Avenue; Pete’s Tavern, 129 East 18th Street; Molly’s, 287 Third Avenue; and Copper Door Tavern, 272 Third Avenue. At Copper Door, there will also be live bagpipe music as well as a DJ spinning popular and Irish music.
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street—Throughout the week of St. Patrick’s, from March 15 to 23, the center will be putting on a number of performances and children’s events, and even distributing books by Irish and Irish-American authors to straphangers at various subway stations in the city. On the holiday itself, this Saturday, the center will present the closing performance of “I ♥ Alice ♥ I.” The play, which first debuted in Dublin, is about two women in a longterm relationship, who finally come out as a couple. Performances are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $27, $23 for IAC members. To order, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.irishartscenter.org.
Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street—Choose between two plays on St. Patrick’s Day, “Beyond the Horizon” by Eugene O’Neill, and “Give Me Your Hand.” Both have performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s, though their runs will continue through April 15 and April 1, respectively. In “Give Me Your Hand,” Irish actors Dearbhla Molloy and Dermot Crowley take audiences on a virtual “stroll” through London’s National Gallery, discovering the museum’s masterpieces. In “Beyond the Horizon,” which O’Neill won a Pulitzer prize for, two brothers compete for the heart of one woman at a farm in Massachusetts at the beginning of the twentieth century. Tickets for “Beyond the Horizon” are $55-$65 and tickets for “Give Me Your Hand” are $30, and can be ordered by calling (212) 727-2737 or visiting www.irishrep.org. Continue reading →