Queer Places:
The Blue Angel, 152 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
400 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022

Image result for Herbert JacobyHerbert Jacoby (1899 - November 19, 1972) was the owner, with Max Gordon, from 1943 to 1963 of the Blue Angel, the former nightclub on 55th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues.

Jacoby had earlier been talent coordinator for the Ruban Bleu in New York City and before that operated Le Boeuf sur le Toit in his native Paris. In the 1950's he was co-owner of the Red Garter, a banjo bar in Greenwich Village, and lately he was involved with discotheques, including Wheels. He retired in 1971.

To the Ruban Bleu he had brought such entertainers as Maxine Sullivan, Hildegarde and Mildred Bailey. At the Blue Angel the performers included Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Shelley Berman and Mort Sahl.

In 1943, when Gordon and Jacoby invested $5,000 apiece to open the Blue Angel, they pulled the name out of a hat, pinned a blue cherub to a corner of the stage proscenium and began ferreting out new intellectual talent for the inner room.

He died on November 19, 1972, in Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 73 years old and lived at 400 East 59th Street.


  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1972/11/20/archives/herbert-jacoby-73-i-raiv-tifu-blue-aivgel.html