The Villager: Nicky Perry, T Rex & Greenwich Village

A lovely old press clipping here. The full article offers a pretty thorough rundown of Nicky’s life (and trust us, she has some stories to tell!). So brew yourself a cuppa, put your feet up, and read on

T.Rex’s ‘Bang a Gong’ to teashop’s bangers and mash

By Karen Kramer

Sweet, agreeable and oh-so moreish... the cakes of course!

“I’m sorry to say this,” Nicky Perry said boldly, “but the tea in this country is…filth. It is horrendous and it doesn’t matter where you go.”

If Perry has anything to do with it, that will change — at least in a small corner of Greenwich Village. In the middle of her small and quiet teashop — Tea and Sympathy on Greenwich Ave. — Perry, the owner, is anything but reserved and quiet. With her wild curly blond hair, her excited, animated voice and bold way of expressing herself, she is a strong presence against the porcelain teapots and china that are placed lovingly around the shop. Perry says everything with uninhibited enthusiasm and her eyes widen dramatically as she tells stories about her background in England, her involvement with British pop bands and her passion for introducing Americans to English tea and cuisine.

Nicky Perry grew up in southeast London but couldn’t wait to get to New York.

“I was madly in love with Mark Bolen [of the rock group T.Rex] and I used to read about him constantly being in New York,” she said. “So from the age of 14, I became obsessed with reading about things like Max’s Kansas City and C.B.G.B., and the whole New York wonderful-exciting-24-hours-anything-goes thing. And for my 21st birthday my mother brought me here for a week’s holiday. I came back from that week’s holiday and eight months later I returned to New York and I never left.”

When Perry first came to New York she lived with a member of the British rock band Squeeze, which meant she had people to show her around and take her to parties. However, her fascination with rock stars and pop music was almost in direct rebellion to the classical music she grew up with. Read more here.

3 thoughts on “The Villager: Nicky Perry, T Rex & Greenwich Village

  1. Great article, I enjoyed that. I’m so delighted that Nicky has changed perceptions of British food and tea. I’m surprised about the seating policy though, I’ve never heard of that, it is out of politneness that everyone has to wait until the whole party arrives? I’ve had so many lame, even disgusting, cups of tea abroad that knowing there is superb tea to be had in New York is wonderful. Vive le tea!

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