Rest in Peace Sunny Balzano

I read read that Sunny Balzano, of Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, died. I didn’t know him, I just did a reading at his bar a couple of years ago (a post about it and pictures here, Sunny appears in the last shot). But I instantly loved the bar and the feel of it, and you just know something like that comes from the owners. Also, the crowd that came was such a lovely and generous bunch. They were all Sunny’s regulars, I was told, and that tells you something else about Sunny as well, that he attracted such a decent group of people.

There was a nice tribute to him in Gothamist. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. We were lucky that he existed on this earth and I’m sorry he is gone.

I took this while sitting out in front of the laundromat, waiting for my clothes to dry.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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