The Reverie Social Club
The Citizens of Mola 30
Joey Igneri remembers a different Carroll Gardens. Children playing marbles and stickball in the streets, building go-karts out of junk found in empty lots, families sitting outside of buildings grilling and chatting in the sun. “People don’t know how to hang out anymore,” says Igneri, 47. Except at The Reverie Social Club on Henry between Sackett and Union. After buying the original city charter issued in 1938, Igneri and his brother, Vincent, brought it back to life in 1999. It’s a place where lifelong friends can continue hanging out, an activity that has a long history on this block. “The club is really more like a home to us,” Igneri says. Reverie is where members go to gripe about work, taxes, and the changing times over a drink and some cards with people they have known since they were children. Igneri complains that now people come straight home from work, from school, that there is no more camaraderie between neighbors. The Reverie is his contribution to preserving his neighborhood’s past, when doors and windows could be left open. When people helped each other. When somebody had your back, no matter what.
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