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Late Night Gyros in West Vill

A few more than 8.2 million people opt to live in New York City, the most expensive, competitive and fast-paced town in America. For many, the attraction is Coney Island and the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship. For Brian Seiken, the city’s draw has long been its rich cultural offerings and musical acts … and it’s proximity to Nathan’s in Coney Island.

Seiken, like many other savvy New Yorkers, spent his twenties in the nightclubs of Manhattan. Places like Mud Club, Nightingale's and CBGBs. Places where bands like the Talking Heads, Translator and the Feelies played.

Aside from being one of today's most controversial pickle eating champs, Seiken is a man who recognizes the fact that New York City is at its most beautiful on the first full weekend of October. He calls it Rocktober as it's the weekend when jean jackets with pounder pockets and Clash pins are wrested from the closet.

Tags from writers like SEEN and Taki 183 no longer line the subway tunnels as they did in Seiken's day. Even worse, Nightingale's and Mud Club are gone and CB's will soon be shuttered for good. Despite all of this, NYC is standing tall and feeling right today, Friday, October 6th, 2006.

Double B Seiken will likely spend this weekend enjoying the cool air and recalling the live sounds of the great bands of his youth. The beers and broads may not be as abundant as they once were, but nobody will be able to resist a late night gyro or two down in the Village.

“Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons/
packed up and ready to go/
Heard of some gravesites, out by the highway/
a place where nobody knows/
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance/
I'm getting used to it now/
Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto/
I've lived all over this town”