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Cockeyed Clams 1678 Third Ave., NYC

bgbg63 | Aug 24, 202011:37 AM     4

I grew up in a multi-generational household at 1688 Third Avenue in NYC, between 94th and 95th. The building is long gone, replaced by the Highgate apartment building. My uncle Tommy - Tom Clemenson, my Mom's baby brother, was a part of that household. He was known as "Clem" ever since I can remember. He was very near-sighted, and sported black horn-rimmed glasses most of his life. At time we lived at 1688, there was a bar on the corner of 94th and Third, at 1678 Third Ave. The bar was called Rigby's. I used to roller-skate down the long hill on 94th between Lex and Third, make a sharp left turn and grab the poles outside of Rigby's to stop. Right before Rigby's closed its doors, a friend of my uncle Clem spray painted "Cockeyed Clem" on the side of the building, poking fun at my Uncle Clem and his glasses. Lo and behold, the next business to occupy the space at 1678 Third was "Cockeyed Clams" - plural on the "clams". Just posting a shout out to my Uncle Clem, who passed away suddenly 5 years ago at the age of 65. We miss him every day, but in our hearts, we know he left a little piece of himself behind at 1678 Third Ave.

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