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BOOK LAUNCH: Last Call at Coogan’s by Jon Michaud with Peter Walsh

Saturday, June 10, 2023 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New YorkNY 10032



Join Word Up in celebrating the launch of Last Call at Coogan’s: The Life and Death of a Neighborhood Bar about the uniquely inspiring story of a beloved neighborhood bar that united the communities it served. Author Jon Michaud will be in conversation with Coogan’s former owner Peter Walsh to share stories and images about the Washington Heights staple. The conversation will be held at Recirculation, a project of Word Up, with a Q&A and signing to follow.

“Michaud biographizes the alehouse with both objectivity and heart, welcoming the reader into this space where a starry-eyed motley crew of business partners managed to rise above the area’s addiction and disease to make community.”

—Kia Corthron, author of Moon and the Mars

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 100 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


Coogan’s Bar and Restaurant opened in New York City’s Washington Heights in 1985 and closed its doors for good in the pandemic spring of 2020. Sometimes called Uptown City Hall, it became a staple of neighborhood life during its 35 years in operation—a place of safety and a bulwark against prejudice in a multi-ethnic, majority-immigrant community undergoing rapid change.

Last Call at Coogan’s by Jon Michaud tells the story of this beloved saloon, from the challenging years of the late 80’s and early 90’s, when Washington Heights suffered from the highest crime rate in the city, to the 2010’s, when gentrification pushed out longtime residents and nearly closed Coogan’s itself; only a massive community mobilization including local politicians and Lin-Manuel Miranda kept the doors open.

This book touches on many serious issues facing the country today: race relations, policing, gentrification, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, readers will meet the bar’s owners and an array of its most colorful regulars, such as an aspiring actor from Kentucky who dreams of bringing a theater company to Washington Heights, a television reporter who loves karaoke, and a Puerto Rican community board manager who falls in love with an Irish cop from the local precinct. At its core, this is the story of one small business, the people who worked there, the customers they served, and the community they all called home.


Jon Michaud is the Collection Management Librarian at the Millburn Free Public Library. His debut novel When Tito Loved Clara (Algonquin) was named a best book of the year by The Barnes & Noble Review and was a finalist for the Writer’s Center First Novel Prize. Michaud was the head librarian at The New Yorker from 2003-2012 and the head librarian at the Center for Fiction from 2015-2017. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Tin House, LitHub, CrimeReads, and numerous other publications. The recipient of a 2022 fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, Michaud lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife and two sons. An American citizen, he was nonetheless the Irish junior javelin champion in 1983.

Peter Mallon Walsh is the former owner of the legendary New York City watering hole Coogans’s. He has a degree in history from Marist College and a Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity, Dublin. He has attended Queen Mary College and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and served in the US Army with the 7th Psychological Operations.. His book 12 Passports And A Stowaway is a collection of poetry from expats living in Ireland. Married to Suzanne Clifton Walsh, he is the father of Conor, Alice, and Dana and resides in Water Mill, New York. Currently he performs spoken word with the Hamptons Jazz Festival and provides historical research for the Bridgehampton Museum.


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ACCESSIBILITY: Recirculation is a wheelchair-accessible space with one ramp from the street level down to the store. Most of the shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. The bathrooms are not yet ADA compliant and do not yet have a changing table but are gender neutral. The events are mic’d for sound and videos are captioned when possible. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to request interpretation as early as possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@wordupbooks.com.

Last Call at Coogan's: The Life and Death of a Neighborhood Bar By Jon Michaud Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250221780
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin’s Press – June 6th, 2023

J. Hood Wright Park – Concert: Joaquin Pozo y la Clave Suena

Saturday, June 10, 2023
2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.

Join us in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America for an outdoor concert in the park with Havana native and master percussionist Joaquin Pozo y la Clave Suena. Pozo brings 35 years of experience and profound versatility to his vibrant performances. An innovator in Latin styles from rumba to jazz, Pozo leads this five-piece ensemble on journeys through Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Please feel free to bring chairs or blanket for your comfort.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.




Dyckman Farmhouse – Silentwoods Collective: Crossing the Pond

Dance, be moved, and be merry this spring at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Revel in the early Music of Colonial-Era Britain and America on period instruments by early music fiddling masters at the Dyckman Farmhouse, built circa 1784. Juilliard School graduates Alyssa Campbell, Rebecca Scout Nelson, Lydia Becker, and John Stajduhar join forces with Silentwoods Collective to blur the lines between fiddle music, country dances, and music of the court in their high energy and spirited program titled “Crossing the Pond.”

Since 2017, Silentwoods Collective has been building momentum as an organization focused on building community by making music and the arts accessible to all.

Silentwoods Collective is proud to present Crossing the Pond in partnership with Manhattan’s oldest surviving farmhouse – the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway at West 204th Street, Inwood NYC, on Saturday May 13th at 1:00 p.m.

A special thank you to the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum for supporting and making this performance possible!

Meet the performers:

Alyssa Campbell, violin

Lydia Becker, violin

Rebecca Scout Nelson, violin

John Stajduhar, violone

Jason Priset, lute


A Collection of Traditional Music from the England, Scotland, and Ireland (Traditional)

Scotch Humour – Nicola Matteis (fl. ca. 1650-171?)

Selections from “Division Violin” – John Playford (1623-1686)

“A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick” – Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)

Selections from King Arthur – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Canon and Gigue – Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Selections from “Messiah” – George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)

Songs and Dances – Charles Reed (b. 1992)

Selected compositions – Rebecca Scout Nelson (b. 1992)

Highbridge Park: Urban Wildlife Festival

Saturday, May 13, 2023
12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.

We welcome guests of all ages to join us at the 13th Annual Wildlife Appreciation Festival hosted by the Urban Park Rangers and the Fort Tryon Park Trust. Get to know your wild neighbors, including squirrels, turtles, raccoons, opossum, and coyotes while participating in activities to build your awareness and understanding of the natural world!

The festival is an opportunity to get up close and personal with NYC’s wild residents! Find out the best places in New York City and New York State to watch wildlife.

There will be fun activities including live animals presented by Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR), games, and music by Hopalong Andrew!

This event is RAIN OR SHINE! Please check the weather and bring rain gear if necessary. The animals don’t mind a little rain!

West 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Highbridge Park

Location Details:
Enter at Amsterdam Avenue and 172nd Street.