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Club Samoa, New York, NY (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4269
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-06-23 12:08 pm   Permalink

Name:Club Samoa
Type:restaurant
Street:62 West 52nd Street
City:New York
State:NY
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Picked up a postcard from Henry Finks Club Samoa, a very cool looking pre-Tiki place located on 52nd Street in New York.



Nice tapa and bamboo at the bar





Also found a matchbook on the web.




DC



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11127
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-06-23 12:57 pm   Permalink

There is an ad somewhere with Lilly St. Cyr performing there....must find it.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-06-23 8:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-06-23 12:57, bigbrotiki wrote:
There is an ad somewhere with Lilly St. Cyr performing there....must find it.



I'd like to see that, did Lilly really perform form the 40's to the 70's?

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-06-23 9:11 pm   Permalink

Opps double

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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 604
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-06-23 9:41 pm   Permalink

Nice, this place is classic pre tiki. We need to have a local NY urban archaeologist search for artifacts, or even just the building. The exact address is not showing in any listing. Any volunteers?

Here is another matchbook from the web with the same image. The picture is a little better.






This other image is also a matchbook I think. It says Club Samoa N.Y.C. in small letters at the bottom. I'm puzzled as to why there is no other picture or identifying info on this. Also no strike area for matches.







 
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2012-11-15 10:05 am   Permalink

you can surely see it in this picture of 52nd street, NYC, 1948





according to wiki, it later became a strip club. The whole area has changed, so I doubt there is any remnant. In fact, the street view of that address looks like a parking garage or maybe the bank.





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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 368
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-02-03 01:08 am   Permalink

I love these old tropical joints and 52nd St.(swing alley) in nyc in the late '40's, man I'd love to have been there! Everyone from Django Reinhardt to Charlie Parker was there!



Also on the alley in the late '40's was Lilly St. Cyr doing a reverse strip (starting nude in a bathtub ending up clothed).



But the Club Samoa also also reached out to prurient interest as swing alley degraded.





With the post war baby boom the night out at a club for a tropic escape or an evening of hot jazz was replaced by an evening in with the kids and TV, killing an era.

aloha, tikicoma

p.s. I don't think this one was the hippies fault.



 
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