February 17 – Happy Birthday Bear Baia

387217Bobby “Bear” Baia was an Amsterdam original. His Baia’s Tavern on Lyons Street had to be one of the most popular bars in the history of our City. Its heyday was the the 1960’s and most of the 70’s, when climbing up the multitude of steep front stairs to the main entrance of that hillside establishment always seemed to be a lot less difficult and treacherous than coming back down would be a few hours later…

You can read the rest of this story in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.