Just announced that it is closing after 22 years. Seems to almost leave it open to being in another location.
Sigh! I got my first case of crabs during some mutual JO in a bathroom stall there more than ten years ago. Wiping back tears.
HOLY SHIT - even though I have not been there in years, SPLASH closing is truly the end of an era...a great era when NY gay men really exploded onto the scene. It was the first bar with clear glass windows as opposed to the hidden windows of pre-Splash bars.
I met my second, eighth, and fifteenth bfs there.
I thought it had been supplanted by some joint called "G"?
Nail in the coffin of Chelsea as a gayborhood. It's HK or bust now.
NYers: what was the place not far from Therapy, it was small and lounge-y and I think it had a garage door? I think it was kind of pink and orange inside. Very low key place. I was there maybe 5 years ago. What was the name of the place? is it still there?
[quote]NYers: what was the place not far from Therapy, it was small and lounge-y and I think it had a garage door? I think it was kind of pink and orange inside. Very low key place. I was there maybe 5 years ago. What was the name of the place? is it still there?
Hugh Jackman's apartment?
Oh man. Even though the era of that place ended a long time ago, its still sad to see it go. I had *many* crazy times there and met some really hot guys too. I remember when they used to have showers on stage where the go-go boys would dance.
favorite evening: the night I had a wicked make-out session there with porn star Nick Harmon back in 1994.
manhattan is so fucking boooooooring now.
I haven't been there in years but I'm sad to see it go. Probably being run out by all of the families concerned about being so close to a nightclub even though they just moved in. R10 is right, manhattan is boring now but the boroughs aren't any better.
Wow, this really shocked me. Talk about the end of an era. Used to go there practically every Saturday night for the first couple years after I moved to NYC. Never hooked up there but did have a lot of fun.
[quote]manhattan is so fucking boooooooring now.
It may not be the only reason but surely the explosion of hookup sites over the years like Manhunt, A4A, Grindr, etc. have taken their toll on the gay nightclub. Why go stand against the wall in a noisy, smoke-filled bar when you can hook up with guys from the comfort of your living room?
Barrage, R8. And, yes, it's still there.
In the spirit of the new New York, it is being transformed into a Chuck E. Cheese.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if San Francisco could have another gay renaissance again now that NYC has become so lame?
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thanks r14. Glad it's there, will pop in next time i'm in NYC.
The city used to be so fun. Now it's overpopulated with pseudo-hipsters, SATC wannabes, and double wide strollers. How the hell was all of this allowed to happen?
R19, funny you say that, for years I've been saying that SATC contributed to the downfall of NYC. These wannabees ruined the fun.
so what who cares?
Aww I remember getting a handjob on the dance floor there from some hot guy whose name I never got, good times.
r22, shit, was that you? btw beautiful mushroom head that still haunts my fantasies.
R4 = Jack McFarland.
It's happening to cities all over. The byproduct of unchecked "capitalism."
Everyone wants to live in a big Metropolis now, and live out their most wild and uninhibited retail fantasies.
Buzz Feed had a good slide show last night about the NYC experience for people 40 and over, and many of the pics made me so nostalgic. I know - nostalgia is for fools but there was a time when this city was like no place else: gritty, sexy, dangerous, sophisticated.
Ironically, all of the people I sought to escape are here in droves.
Oh well. I never imagined I'd be living in a radically suburbanized environment...but I guessI was wrong!
I assume they lost their lease. Interesting that a place like Spash couldn't make it.
The mommies that invaded the area don't want that type of establishment in their neighborhood. God forbid little Gremlyn or Lucyfer be exposed to that. I'm sure it'll be replaced by chain store or maybe a supersized Starbuck's. Welcome to the new NYC, where everything must be "mother approved and kid friendly." So glad I moved to NJ. Not much better there, but at least I cut my rent in half and don't have to labor under the illusion I'm living in some great metropolitan melting pot.
Lol @ Gremlyn and Lucyfer
holla, r29. and out of curiosity - where in Jersey, if you dont mind me asking? (i'm moving out of manhattan and researching new 'hoods in the area).
I moved to Jersey City Heights, just above Hoboken. Reminds me of pre-mommie NYC...somewhat gritty with a little sleeze element, but overall very low in crime. Nice mix of people, inexpensive rents compared to NYC, and absolutely spectacular views of NYC. However, the yuppies who no longer want to pay the outrageous Hoboken rents have discovered this little oasis are now moving up here in droves, so double wides are slowly beginning to appear. Rental agents are now beginning to refer to it as the new Hoboken.
thanks, r29. Sadly, I think that will be the case in any neighborhood within a certain commutable radius to Manhattan.
Going to put your area on my research list anyway. Cheers.
I would check out Maplewood. I'm actually from there and spend time on the weekends there with friends. Extremely gay friendly small town with a visible gay population and really nice walkable center of town. You will actually see two men or two women strolling holding hands with nary a "look" from any passersby. Yes, there probably is some sort of mommie culture there too, but I don't think it's as obnoxious as it's gotten in the city. The only reason I passed on it was because it would've meant a 2 hour train ride with transfers, which is not a quality of life I want.
Didn't one of the original bodybuilder owners die of a heart attack many years ago?
"Didn't one of the original bodybuilder owners die of a heart attack many years ago?"
Yes, and as I recall, his death was originally reported with no cause given, whatsoever. Which only led to all kinds of speculation. See article at link.
How funny r13 - bars haven't been smoke-filled for quite some time due to the anti-smoking laws.
Some may disagree but when the anti-smoking laws kicked in - bars also became more sterile and thus more boring.
There's nothing like a cig and a drink to add to the evening's festivities.
Got my fist blow job in public there ages ago.
Good riddance to them and their racist door policy. G is next.
[quote] Why go stand against the wall in a noisy, smoke-filled bar when you can be stabbed and left for the roaches to eat from the comfort of your living room?
R39, what was racist about their door policy?
Didn't the original owner - a very handsome blonde man - get painfully bad plastic surgery?