Tuesday, October 25, 2005

You Heard It Here First…Bocce Ball!!

I don’t know what surprised me more, seeing someone under 70 palying bocce ball or seeing someone chic playing bocce ball.


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  1. EasyRider

    October 26, 2005 at 7:10 pm

    just a question… in english you say bocce ball?
    in italian we say they are plaing “a bocce” and in italian bocce are the… balls!

    bye bye


  2. The Sartorialist

    October 27, 2005 at 9:41 am

    Oh, I stand corrected. I have alot to learn about this beautiful game.

  3. Mr. Magoo

    October 27, 2005 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t doubt it.

    Bar Tabac on Smith Street in Boerum Hill — the mediocre eaterie of the Bon Vivant set in Brooklyn — has for several years set up a petanque court (the French bocce) in the middle of Smith Street on Bastille Day.

    All the hipsters love it and mimic the genuine, ancient Italian bocce-ballers of Carroll Gardens just up the road.

  4. The Sartorialist

    October 27, 2005 at 2:25 pm

    Mr Magoo
    Thanks for the heads up on the old school Italian bocce ballers of Carroll Gardens. I’m always looking for something new to shoot.

  5. Anonymous

    September 2, 2006 at 3:25 am

    i love the tan jacket on black,,,,,

  6. leticia

    November 21, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Bocce. Boulle. Petanque. Same, same. But way hip. And way fun. And no-one over 70 in my town even knows what it is. You can come over to my place anytime for a set.

  7. Adam Weiss

    February 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    in this pic they are playing the game of Petanque, pronounced “pay-tahnk”
    It is a french game.
    It is not the same as Bocce Ball.
    Not to sound like a snob about it ,
    Just to educate…..
    They use different balls and a different court. They are as close to one another as soccer and american football.

  8. Lauren

    October 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Has anyone come across makers of a really beautiful set. I'm looking for a set to give as a gift.

  9. swarovski jewellery

    April 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Never heard of the game before but looks fun.

  10. Tango K

    May 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Under 70, absolutely.

  11. Jimmy Saville

    October 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm


  12. ken hill

    March 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Tan jackets are a classic – they willnever

  13. juhu

    January 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    actually, there’s a petanque club in Poznan, Poland, where you’d just been to (i guess, petanque it’s the French name of bocce ball, or as i’m reading about it now, it’s another form of boules). one in Poznan, and another club in Wroclaw, i think. both consist of players from 20 to about 40 years old ;)) i’ve never seen old people playing petanque in Poland, it’s an “import” game. the clubs i mentioned, have a small tournament each year, playing somewhere by the river in Poznan usually.

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