Yesterday, being St. Patrick’s Day, is always a fun day to walk around in our neighborhood. You see a lot of celebrating people. Especially after the parade.
Like these people:
And these people:
And these people:
Which leads me to this person:
This is the ever-loving Pig on the sidewalk in front of Rudy’s Bar & Grill, here in Hell’s Kitchen.
Rudy’s website says:
“Rudy’s bar opened in 1933 by the Rudy family. It was one of the first liquor licenses issued in New York City after prohibition ended. The present owner, Jack, started drinking in Rudy’s in 1943 when he was 16; back when Hell’s Kitchen was really Hell’s Kitchen! Rudy’s may be the most well known bar in N.Y.C., with a long and colorful history. The stories Jack can tell. Rudy’s still has the original wood door from the day it opened. When you walk through it the feel of the old neighborhood saloon is still there with cheap beer, free hot dogs, and great people!”
The Pig is a neighborhood tradition. A Real Classy Guy.
He has quite a few outfits. You’ve already seen his Irish kilt he dons every St. Patrick’s Day.
Here he is on Halloween. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry – can you see that he’s wearing vampire fangs? You can click on the photo to enlarge it if you want:
Here he is in his Easter bonnet:
And here he is during Fleet Week, when all the sailors come into town. “Hi there, sailor!”
(The above picture actually made me wonder if Pig is a girl. I’ll have to go in one day and ask. I’ll keep you posted.)
Pig had to take precautions during the Swine Flu Scare a couple of years ago:
Rudy’s is immortalized in a Steely Dan song called “Black Cow“:
“In the corner of my eye, I saw you at Rudy’s, you were very high”
It’s on their Aja album (which is a pretty dang perfect album, if you ask me):
And, you can hear a live version of the song here, if you so desire:
LONG LIVE RUDY’S!