The Stoned Crow is closing at the end of 2010! The last night the bar is open will be New Year’s Eve.” Once again, I Loved New York has turned to the eyes of the West Village, Abbie K Park to write a few paragraphs in memorial.

“It was the Early ’90s and a crew of post grad friends and I had made possibly the smartest move of our lives and decided to buck trend and move downtown.  Sixth Ave and 3rd street was my cross-section. I could feel the heat from the grills of Dallas Jones BBQ warming my living room floor – and what an interesting smell. A pack of buddies was holed up in a railroad apt just north. Across 6th ave, around the corner and down a few steps from them was the Stoned Crow.

Oh the times we had.  Oh the times we didn’t have – a situation at the pool table had our good friend banned from the place for years….How delighted I was when I rediscovered the Crow a couple years ago.  A step back in time but now with possibly the best burger in town. My beloved dart board had been removed but that was ok. See, they were doing so well, they didn’t have the room for it any more.  The decor had become even richer in time – a cave palace collage of yellowed Vanity Fair spreads, movie posters and yes, Crows.  I am heart-broken with this news.

Betty, we’ll miss you on your perch.”

Abbie Kunath Park was bred on cheese steaks in center city Philly and spent her younger years on the shores of Lake Michigan. She landed in suburban NY just before the 80s hit. Post grad she hopped to the big city landing her first low rent apt on 6th Avenue just across from the famed 4th Street basketball courts and above Dallas Jones BBQ then on to Spring and Thompson and her last low rent score on Mott street before marriage, pregnancy and current residence where Tortilla Flats serves as mess hall and childcare center to her two young children.

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