Pat Lambe has his eye on things.
author, painter and photographer, is taking
pictures of the construction taking place around
the popular Court Tavern of New Brunswick and
posting them on his Web site, www.patlambe.com, in
the "Cruel But Fair" gallery. "Cruel But Fair" is
the Court's unofficial motto. Or maybe it's "Home
of the Stars." Whatever. There's also some great
old shots on the site of the Court when it was
located across the street from its present
Lambe, 37, Somerset
Where: "Cruel But Fair" at
City developer Omar Boraie is building a
parking deck, office building and condominium
tower on the lots surrounding the Court Tavern and
Attilio's Pasta Kitchen, on the corner of Church
and Spring streets. Many in town are wary of the
construction and how it might affect the Court and
the city. The Court is Lambe's bar of choice, and
we chatted with Lambe there on a recent late
Friday afternoon, just after he took some
Q: Pat, what made
you decide to document the construction going on
around the Court Tavern?
A: I used to work
in the construction industry and I've always been
fascinated how everything gets together and
everything is built. I've been hanging out at this
bar for 14, 15 years, so it's a good opportunity
to kill two birds with one stone.
Q: What types of
things do you see happening with this construction
A: It just seems
that they're turning the whole city into one big
parking lot. There's parking lots all over the
place, and I'm not sure if I agree with that
philosophy of building.
OLIVAR/Special to Pulse
|Somerset's Pat Lambe is
documenting the whirl of construction that
surrounds the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, and
it's effect on one of the Hub City's last
bastions of rock. |
Q: Why not?
A: They're running
a whole bunch of little businesses out. I remember
Greasy Tony's and the Brunswick Pub. (both
formerly on Somerset Street). They're tearing
Q: Greasy Tony's
was indeed very greasy. I would go there after
going to the Melody (Bar) or here.
A: Yeah, so would
I. I remember eating many times there.
Q: There seems to
be a conundrum, if that's what it is. This town
needs parking but there's too much parking, it
seems. What's the dynamic there and how do you
feel it can be resolved?
A: I can't explain
it. I always say I'm not for parking, but I always
have trouble parking. During the weekend, it's not
that bad. Maybe I should study city planning a
Q: I'm kind of
getting the sense from our chat that New Brunswick
is not a very friendly place to come into and park
and have a good time. Is it becoming less and less
friendly that way?
A: I agree with
that, and there are less and less places to go.
There's another bar up the road called Doll's
Place (on French Street), and they're going to be
tearing that down and moving that around (to
Q: Tell me about
the form the project is undertaking. How often do
you shoot, how many locations do you shoot from,
and will the form alter in the coming weeks,
months and years?
A: I shoot the same
three shots at the same locations. I try to do it
three days a week. I try to get down here after
work, about the same time, between 4:30 and 5:30
p.m., and I take random shots of the construction
Q: Do you see
yourself exhibiting the actual pictures, hard
copies, in a gallery scenario someday?
A: I would love to.
I'm not quite sure how I would work that out. I
didn't plan it that way. I just planned it for my
Web site, but I would definitely be open to that.
-- Chris Jordan