Party politics: Brooklynites boogie at ‘Impeachment Party’

Throw back: Fight Back Bay Ridge celebrated the Fourth of July early with a ’70s themed “impeachment party” at the Longbow Pub and Pantry on July 2.
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It was huuuuuuge!

Lefty party people celebrated Independence Day early with a 1970s-themed “Impeachment Party” at the Longbow Pub and Pantry on July 2. The shindig sought to poke fun at a politically tense climate, but also highlight what organizers see as the eerie similarities of Donald Trump and Richard Nixon — who ultimately resigned over the Watergate scandal — said one party-thrower.

“Alarming threads of a narrative are being drawn together and we wanted at the very least to use Independence Day to highlight another summer that ended with the truth coming out,” said Bay Ridgite Rebecca Brodsky, with Fight Back Bay Ridge. “The political atmosphere is so serious and we kind of wanted to have a fun community event and poke fun at Bay Ridge’s history, which is mostly associated with the ’70s.”

Donald Trump’s presidency has been clouded in controversy, with a criminal probe into whether Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 presidential election.

And with a daily drip of political conundrums in the news, local progressives felt their neighbors earned a little fun and games, said another activist.

“A number of serious things have been going on and while impeachment is a very serious act, we felt it was time to have a party,” said Sally McMahon, the head of Fight Back Bay Ridge. “We figured it was timely for the Fourth of July weekend.”

Locals busted out their bell bottoms and tie-dyed T-shirts, enjoying “impeachmint” cocktails or a “Comey” — an old fashioned named for former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey, who was suddenly fired by Trump in May.

Themed fare was also served, including the “boneless, spineless, souless chicken wings” (named for Paul Ryan) or the “covfefe” burger.

Party-goers guessed at whether Richard Nixon or Donald Trump said various quotes, and the winner snagged a groovy Lava Lamp.

But the get-together ultimately served as an outlet for progressives in a neighborhood stereotyped as a bastion of conservatism, said Brodsky.

“Bay Ridge is a complicated place where it has a historically conservative feeling to it,” said Brodsky. “But there’s more and more of a progressive voice, and we were really happy to string those people together.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
I will attend the next such party. When I do, my voice will be heard. I will shout my opinions at the loudest possible volume I can muster, until my throat is raw and those near me cover their ears in pain.
July 13, 2017, 9:57 am
Petey from Sunset Park says:
Wow, 8 people meet in a bar and this is news? This is like having chronic noisy neighbors, you wish that they would just get over it and grow up!
July 13, 2017, 11:25 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lol. Look at the 8 adorable snowflakes, "protesting" in a bar run by foreigners. I'm sure that stereotype of Bay Ridge being conservative will magically vanish now.
July 13, 2017, 12:17 pm
DISCO MAN from Left bank says:
So sad, middle aged women embarrassing themselves playing silly political dress up games...
July 13, 2017, 3:51 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
July 13, 2017, 4:01 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Good show! Keep up the democratic right to express discontent.
July 13, 2017, 4:54 pm
Petey from Sunset Park says:
Express discontent-certainly

Doing it while drinking at a bar-ridiculous

Asking for impeachment-ridiculous and moronic
July 14, 2017, 9:44 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
No to impeachment!

Yes to slitting his fat throat!
July 14, 2017, 5:34 pm
Steven Rosner from Fresh Meadows says:
Why did the MORON continue to attempt to impeach President Donald Trump? Answer:Because he/she really needed a"Pence". It is extremely unlikely,that the 1973-'74 scenarios,in which then Vice-President Spiro Agnew was suddenly forced to step-down,back in October 1973. Of course,rather then face impeachment,President Richard Nixon;opted to resign from office,on August 8,1974. Yet,the effort to remove President Nixon from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,only took off,after VP Agnew was gone. Nixon,of course chose the rather moderate Republican long-time U.S.House of Representatives member Gerald R.Ford,to become his replacement Vice-President. Even,if VP Mike Pence,were somehow bounced;it is rather doubtful that Trump would nominate a"moderate"
July 14, 2017, 6:07 pm
Brian from Bay Ridge says:
Aaaaannnnnnndddd now they are out of business.
Nov. 29, 2017, 9:31 pm

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