Frank Mortagua of Nancy Whiskey
“He’s either at this side of the bar or the other,” said Bob Cendella, a painter who has immortalized Mr. Mortagua—and Nancy Whiskey’s loyal fanbase of blue collar workers and bohemians— in two murals that hang on the bar’s walls.
Whatever side of the bar he is on, Mr. Mortagua will still be drinking with you.
Frank, 53, was born the son of Portugese immigrants and raised on 6th Avenue and Broome, what he says was once called “The Lower West Side.”
He said he worked just about every kind of job, from a delivery boy for a laundry shop to a motorcycle messenger and a plumber.
“I delivered Bob Dylan his clean clothes,” he boasted. Read more…