February 10, 2008
Sunday Music: "Midnight, With the Stars and You" by Ray Noble and his Orchestra, Vocals by Al Bowlly
Vocals by Al Bowlly. Recorded February 1934 in London.
If you know this song, you've seen "The Shining". Or you're a fan of the John Batchelor radio show. Or you're older than I think you are!
Al Bowlly was an international recording artist who made 1000 recordings in his career. He was killed by a German bomb during the blitz of London in April 1941. ( source wikipedia )
Lowen's closed at 5pm today. (sign on the door ) The memorial is still out front.
The store just off the southwest corner of 68th and Fourth has been closed for over three decades. Its had vinyl siding over where the windows used to be, and has recently been used only for storage.
At one time, I think it was a liquor store. It was a campaign headquarters for Nixon in 1968. And when the Bay Ridge Towers were under construction, this store served as the sales office.
The new owners and or renters of this space and the corner store ( now a convenience store ) have intstalled two shiny rolldown metal gates - one on the side of the corner store, one on the second store in. The guy in the corner store says that the second store--the one now being reopened after the longest hiatus in history-- will serve as a cell phone store.