When Elvis Presley came to Brooklyn
Recently, Brooklyn Eagle writer Paula Katinas wrote about Bay Ridge nostalgia crooner Martin McQuade and his show honoring Elvis Presley at Hunter’s Steak & Ale House on Fourth Avenue.
While Katinas’ article focuses on McQuade, who has also performed songs by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Danny Kaye and others, she mentions Presley’s little-known visit to Brooklyn in September 1958.
No, Elvis didn’t play a concert here. In fact, he rarely performed in New York City, some exceptions being his 1956 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which was filmed live, and a 1972 show at Madison Square Garden.
Presley wasn’t exactly here involuntarily. Most people familiar with the essential facts of his life know that he went into the Army in 1958. What they don’t know is that Elvis shipped out for Europe at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.