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Title [Crocitto's Lounge]
Object Name Negative, Film
Photographer Flamm, Herbert A.
Date January 1970
Collection Herbert A. Flamm Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W film negative. Diagonal front and side view of a 1-story building with a psychedelic painted design. Signs at the roofline: "CROCITTO'S" and "CROCITTO'S / LOUNGE". A sign to the left of the building, decorated with stars, promises weekly live entertainment. Mars and Venus gender symbols appear among the motifs on the outside of the building, on the wall at right. Well-trodden snow covers the sidewalk in the foreground.
(Keywords: Twentieth Century, New York City)

Film Size 8 x 10
Acquisition Gift of Herbert A. Flamm
Ownership and History Crocitto's Lounge was located at 283 Sand Lane in South Beach, Staten Island. By 1970 it was already a well-known local landmark. The bold geometric designs on its exterior and interior walls suggest a late-1960s redecoration.

Musician and composer Nick Perdito offered a lively description of performing at the nightspot owned by Pat Crocitto in the 1940s, when Perdito was stationed on Staten Island during World War II. His memoir, "I Just Happened To Be There," describes the loud cries from the chef when a pizza was ready-- "`PORRRRTA VEEEYAH' (Porta Via)-which meant take it away!"

In the 1950s, Staten Island's own Vito Picone formed a singing group which included the lounge owner's daughter, Patricia Crocitto. Johnny Maestro and Bobby Darin were among the other musical talents who had spent time at South Beach in the 1950s.

Crocitto's Lounge may have closed its doors at this location around 1976; it is no longer listed in telephone directories after that year.
Earliest Date 1970
Latest Date 1970
Subjects Nightclubs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 79.022.2770
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2014.
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