Remembering Lakeside Lounge’s ‘Magically Good’ Photo Booth


Paris Review editor Lorin Stein remembers the recently shuttered Lakeside Lounge, where he heard Jason Morphew and the Reachers play, and where the photo booth took “magically good photos.”

Stein shares photos of American poet Frederick Seidel taken in the magical booth (one of which Seidel used as the cover of his collection, Ooga Booga).

To East Villagers of a certain age, it came as a blow: after sixteen short years on Avenue B, the Lakeside Lounge has closed. For many of us, that bar was like our living room. I don’t mean that my friends and I spent a lot of time there–I mean it was a lot like our apartments. The Steve Keene acrylics on the walls, the mismatched bench and tables, the overflowing ashtrays. The fug.

See more Lakeside Lounge photo booth pics here.

Via Paris Review

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