Bowery’s Mayor Sammy Says It With Champagne
Three-Hour Show Celebrates Rise to Title
“The forgotten man was remembered yesterday on the Bowery.
He was a guest at a cocktail party where champagne, scotch and beer were served lavishly to wash down huge helpings of corned beef and hot dogs – and it was all free!
The forgotten man – one of the many individuals who come to that gloomy street under the noisy Third Ave. El in downtown Manhattan to forget their pasts – shuffled in with other derelicts and bums into Sammy’s Bowery Follies at 267 Bowery, because the host, Sammy Fuchs, was celebrating his accession to the honorary title of “Mayor of the Bowery”…”
(Coincidentally, we walked the length of the Bowery last night, and 267 Bowery is open again, with out hizzoner and the character(s)…)
Photo from PM Daily, April 16, 1944
Audio from Sammy’s Bowery Follies ca. 1955
“Dora,” Weegee says, “is a singer of sentimental songs at Sammy’s. She sings very loud, but good.” PM Daily, April 16, 1944
Weegee says that one evening while I was at Sammy’s absorbing the atmosphere and drinks, a midget walked in. He was about three and one-half feet in height. I invited him to have a drink with me. He said he just arrived from Los Angeles where he had been working for the Brown & Williams Tobacco Corp., walking the streets dressed as a penguin advertising there Kool cigarettes. The midget was flush and started buying me drinks. He proudly showed me his social security card and told me that he was 37 years old, and single, as the girls were only after money. After the seventh round of drinks this midget got boisterous and offered to fight any man (his size) in the house.”
PM Daily, April 16, 1944