Bay Ridge goes back to the ’70s

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The Ridge is gonna party like it’s 1974!

Locals are doing the time warp back to the 1970s, with plenty of songs about social rebellion and an impeachment-themed party that likens our tumultuous political times to the Watergate scandal that booted Richard Nixon from the White House in 1974.

Bust out the bell bottoms for an early Fourth of July celebration on Friday night, with the “Impeachment Party” at the Longbow Pub and Pantry (7316 Third Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets) starting at 6 pm. Put on by Fight Back Bay Ridge, lefty party people can boogie down and celebrate the spirit of the ’70s with era-appropriate beats, out-dated fashions, black-and-white photography, and toasts to the possibility of a presidential impeachment. There is no cover charge other than a stylish outfit — we suggest big hair and platform shoes.

Then take a short stroll over to the Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets), where you can keep the political message rolling with psychedelic, rebellious beats from Grateful Dead cover band the Dead Ridge Boys, which gets going at 9 pm. The local trio will perform songs by the iconic rock-jazz-folk group that spurred a generation of Deadheads, with a set list of songs that highlight the band’s heyday and a few of their lesser-known jams.

On Saturday, classic rock ’n’ rollers Full Disclosure will keep you groovin’ in those ’70s vibes at Three Jolly Pigeons (6802 Third Ave. between 68th Street and Bay Ridge Avenue) with hits from the likes of Led Zepplin, the Beatles, and Janis Joplin. They will even venture out of the era with Motown riffs and modern party hits. The music gets going at 10 pm and will last as long as you do.

Finally, flash back to the finest ’70s in our nation’s history —the 1770s! On Tuesday, July 4, celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago by raising a glass to the founding fathers at Fort Hamilton Army Base (enter at 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway). There will be rock bands and oldie acts, food, and fireworks. The gate opens at 5 pm, and tickets are $15 — be sure to register at, and bring your identification to get onto the base.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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