Brooklyn Makes 'City of the Week' Status

photo: corona bar

La Corona's bar - much admired by Jerry from Brooklyn.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 8. April 2000:- Last Thursday's club meeting was a bit unusual in a couple of different ways. For the first 30 minutes I glanced through the 75th issue of a Paris magazine I'd never seen before.

For the next 15 minutes I read Le Parisien, to learn which areas of Paris are really good for getting parking tickets. With no car, I can see the funny side of this. Le Parisien thinks there is some sort of plot involved - some areas get more tickets than others.

I was kind of avoiding looking at Monsieur Ferrat, the waiter, but sooner or later there was going to have to be a 'Drink of the Week,' and it was going to have to be a double-café.

At four I was saved by the arrival of Jerry Schlemowitz from Brooklyn. He provided an unusual 'Drink of the Week,' a new 'City of the Week,' and if he had talked a bit more slowly, he probably provided several 'Quotes of the Week.'

Your club's meeting went into overtime. Over and above this, it went into a 'Tour of Paris' time, which saw us up on Samaritaine's roof café, while the sun was putting out a brilliant afternoon.

On Jerry's first visit to Paris, I think he looked the skyline over a bit, but what he was really interested in was Paris' bars.

Like the ones cafés, bars, bistros and some restaurants use for serving drinks to stand-up customers. Jerry has built a couple of replicas of these for Manhattanphoto: jerry at the club bistros, so he decided to come over and see the real things for himself.

Since it isn't far away, I decided he should not miss Paris' oldest café, the Procope, across the Pont Neuf in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Doing this, and all the other places we poked our noses into, took the club into three hours of overtime.

When a camera is pointed at him, Jerry stops talking. This then, is not a true picture of Jerry.

To be absolutely truthful, I am not quite sure Jerry is a 'real' club member. After a struggle - "Ya gotta sign the member's book!" - he did kind of sign the unofficial members' booklet. I had to look his email address up, to make sure a 't' was not an 'x.'

He did not read the questions most club members read at least partly, and he did not write 'okay to use my photo.' I later looked up his email address, because he'd written it too quickly.

For my part I am glad I did not attempt to record what Jerry said. It would have taken a week to transcribe. If you find that Parisians talk too fast for you, I don't recommend talking to the natives of Brooklyn if you happen to be visiting there. You'll have to learn speed-listening first.

If you think your town needs a Paris-style bar in a Paris-style bistro, just contact me and I will pass on the message to Jerry. Then you'll find out what I'm talking about.

Either that, or come to any meeting at the Café Metropole Club. Our section of the café La Corona has about 20 chairs or banquet seats available for us. If you want to visit La Corona's bar, this can be arranged too.

Some Dates To Note, Again

The café La Corona will be occupied with a film-shoot for a couple of days in May, so therephoto: amiral coligny street sign may be a change of day for one week's club meeting.

Also, I will be absent from two meetings - the last one in June and the first one in July, which are Thursday, 29. June and Thursday, 6. July.

For these dates, something will be 'fixed up.' The main thing to remember is the club's meetings will likely take place, nearly as usual.

A special note should be made for the eve of Bastille Day, on Thursday, 13. July. This will be a Bastille Day eve that may be somewhat extraordinary - Year 2000 after all! - and there should be a lot of dancing in the streets; followed by the biggest picnic in the history of the world on Friday.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usual in the same place at the same time, rain or shine.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I will recommend this - once more, with feeling - If you want to read last Thursday's original report, you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which is more detailed than above./p>
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