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“Don’t Cry Joe” Shotkus

by | Mar 15, 2021

Poured beer at The Bowery from the day it opened until he passed in 1997. In the 1930s, Joe and his sister Mary set a marathon dancing record of 5,295 hours (7 months, 10 days, 15 hours) that still stands. In his younger days Joe delighted Bowery audiences by being packed in a coffin full of ice for as long as an hour.