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NYC in the 80s

Name something that says "NYC in the 80s" to you.

I'll start:


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by Anonymousreply 102/23/2012

Industrial Hair

by Anonymousreply 202/23/2012

Drexel Burnham Lambert

& coke--lots of coke

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Transit strike.

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Boy Bar


Terry Toye

Dianne Brill


The Locker Room

The World

The Choice

by Anonymousreply 602/24/2012

OP: Why are you staring at me? When I look back at you, I don't like what I see. Your lack of character shows. I hate your clothes.

by Anonymousreply 702/24/2012

Uncle Charlie's VIDEO bar

Private Eyes VIDEO club

The Palladium

The Saint

Phil Black's Dance Studio on 50th and Broadway, one floor above the last 10-cents-a-dance type club left in NYC

Peter Allen

Halloween Parade when it was gay

Wigstock when it was gay

Gay Pride when it was gay

Act Up

Checkered cabs

Closet queeen Koch

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Cafe Une Dues Trois (I cant spell this early.)

Patti LuPone

The Meatrack

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Click Models

King Tut's Wawa Hut

The Pyramid



Au Bar


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L*I*Z*A! -- when she still had a voice.

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-"10 tokens please"

-"ugc uho piecccpui ip3 iu ffcoiih"


-"hccb cij voihfo;qihf'pwu 'qwpou"

-"I'm sorry I cant understand what you're saying..."

(She opens the door and yells out)


(On the platform...)

"Attention subway riders: please be informed that /;lfoih 'qp;ojr jhvfiu ujoi poe n'po [u puv and it's VERY IMPORTANT that everyone exercise care when jwehf o [opi pwru [wi pwo [00i [0p, AIUCI UCGWU FORO[D;O!!!. Thank you for your cooperation."

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Sesame Street TV

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"And in the center of it all, is the Milford Plaza..."

"All you need is a dollar and a dream"

"Our prices are INSANE!!!"

"Nobody beats The Wiz (nobody beats The Wiz)"

"(Cue music) and forever"

"If you want my body and you think I'm sexy... 1-900-WET-GIRL, come party with us, $5.95 for the first minute, $2.99 for the rest..."

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"Step lively for the South Ferry Shuttle."

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Picadilly Hotel

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Sugar Shack



by Anonymousreply 1902/24/2012

All of Broadway on the Upper West Side seemed to be one big construction site. Massive gentrification of the Upper West Side.

Columbus Avenue was suddenly "in".

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B. Altman

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Bobby Short at the Cafe Carlyse

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The best of times, the worst of times.

One didn't have to go to Brooklyn to find cool independent and old book stores.

Relatively affordable places to live.

Crime, drugs, decadence, and...

Most of all, people dying all the time.

by Anonymousreply 2302/24/2012

The revelations of so much corruption in the Koch administration, which started with the suicide attempt of Democratic cronie Donald Manes, define NYC in the 80s for me. That, and the whole Bernie Goetz story.

by Anonymousreply 2402/24/2012

Big laugh out loud to [R13]!! And: Rudolf at Danceteria Charivari Barneys when it was cool and affordable..

The last great decade for creativity.

by Anonymousreply 2502/24/2012

All the anal bare backing going on at the hottest clubs.

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The Dupont Twins

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Sukhreet Gabel, Tawana Brawley and that Polish maid who inheirited a billion dollars from the Johnson & Johnson fortune.

The 3 of them together probably sold over 500 million copies of The New York Post back then.

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CLUB KIDS:)))) party monster baby!

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United Colors Of Benetton

Las cucarachas entran pero no pueden salir...

Cats (0)v(0)

A Chorus Line...the longest running show on Broadway

1-800-CANTAZO ask for Margarita

Please watch your wallet and valuables. The management at the Anvil is not responsible...

NO solicitation/sexual contact of any kind drugs allowed on premises (usually at places where that's all that took place)

by Anonymousreply 3002/24/2012

r26, that sounds more like the 70s. When AIDS exploded on the scene, I thought a lot of guys stopped barebacking.

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Big ass bowls full of condoms at every gay establishment (but nothing of the sort at straight bars). I don't remember ever having to purchase condoms until the new millenium.

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Massive drug bodegas on the LES. People smoking pot on the street.

Garment district packed and busy.

Big lesbian bar scene with pretty girls -- exciting to a country mouse like me.

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This is Talk Radio WABC New York

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Boom box

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The Ed Koch-Bess Myerson romance was big in the 80s. I remember them being so desperately, achingly in love with one another.

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take the train to the plane

take the train to the plane

take the train to the plane

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Bumps of coke, k, and poppers on the dance floor.

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Condomania in the Village..

It made buying condoms an everyday experience - no stigma attached.

by Anonymousreply 4002/24/2012

One image that has stuck with me all these years is that of local talk show host Richard Bey getting off a bus at Times Square totally decked out in leather daddy garb. This was 1986. Can only imagine where he was headed. I was a naive 17-year-old at the time, but he seemed like your typical conservative straight male on TV. Was shocked.

by Anonymousreply 4102/24/2012

r40 are you straight?

Gay men got high quality condoms for free pretty much everywhere in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 4202/24/2012

Soap Operas, especially the ones produced in NYC.

There was a time you could wait outside the studio and catch the stars coming out, so you could get their autograph

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Anyone remember the names of famous, nice or legendary bartenders at the time?

Hottie Fidel made the rounds in the smaller venues and always had a smile for everyone. Last I saw him was at The Hangar in the late 90's or early 00's.

by Anonymousreply 4402/24/2012

The Loft on Christopher Street (when it was gay)

by Anonymousreply 4502/24/2012

r43, I was going to mention that, but I was afraid this thread would get shut down. I saw so many soap stars in NYC in the 80s. Most memorable was Viki Sleestak without makeup in a denim shirt and jeans, accompanied by a very dyky companion, on the 1 train.

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Crack Is Wack

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Arizona 206

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Company (restaurant, not Sondheim)

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What were some good places to pick up street trade back in the 80s?

by Anonymousreply 5002/24/2012

hi R44. Jimmy McNulty from Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich, a fox and a nice guy. Now owns a restaurnat in Provincetown.

by Anonymousreply 5102/24/2012

The Ninth Circle

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My sweet brother & sister, living in the city, having a ball and taking crime and filth in stride. Both were victims of thugs -- my brother gay-bashed when he wasn't even gay, just slim and cute. He's gone now and I miss him.

by Anonymousreply 5302/24/2012

Unique Boutique Haircuts at Astor Place for $8.00 Tower Records' Canal Jean Co Reminiscence Andy's Chee-pees Bleecker Bob's

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I see Jimmy McNulty at least 3 times a year at his restaurant Jimmy's Hideaway in Ptown. It's a great place. Yummy food. And he is always behind the bar.

You can also see him at the tea dances up there, dancing his ass off. Love that guy.

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by Anonymousreply 5702/24/2012

Bow down to [R57]! REVS COST was everywhere..

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The Train To The Plane

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Keith Haring graffiti

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AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz

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The Bess Mess

Marla Hanson

The Preppy Murder(er)

Hortense and Sukreet Gabel

excellent x

having a tall boy beer while doing laundry on AV A

Most of the city parks were dangerous


by Anonymousreply 6302/24/2012

Can any of our eldergays supply stories about the Gaiety? I've long been fascinated by that place, but never went. That place must've been something else in the 80s!

by Anonymousreply 6402/24/2012

Alexander's Gimbel's Macy's first floor Arcade (with David's Cookies) Jean's Patio (across from Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich)

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animated tv commercials for local radio (love songs....nothing but love songs)...anyone remember?

by Anonymousreply 6602/24/2012

The Ritz Thrift Shop

by Anonymousreply 6702/24/2012

I visited the Gaiety at age 16 for the first time, when I was visiting colleges (this was Columbia night).

It was 1977, before strict ID's or any harsh drinking/adult entertainment law enforcement, so if you could reach the counter and your voice had already changed, you could get in anywhere.

The strippers were mostly twinks (to me they looked like full-grown men). I had a permanent hard-on throughout my visit and one of the dancers noticed me, and hitting it off after we both spoke Spanish to each other, invited me backstage. NOT into a John booth, but backstage - where all the strippers were having an all-around orgy so they could go on stage with semi-hard dicks.

I was the twink guest of honor and probably the youngest thing around that day. Clearly, they were sick of having to cater to older clientele and they were very friendly with me - on the house. I was touched....repeatedly.

Now I'm 51 and if I went to a similar place (do they even exist?) and got invited back, I'd probably have to make sure to stop at their ATM on the way.

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The Mineshaft, The Adonis

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Eldergay alert!

by Anonymousreply 7002/24/2012

[quote]Eldergay alert!

Really, Sherlock? And exactly what part of this thread's title gave you that idea? You are so perceptive and oh so quick with your wit! Here, let me remove my dentures to give you a hummer.


by Anonymousreply 7102/24/2012

area. king tut's wah wah hut. the original banana republic on the uws, when it still sold "safari" type clothes.

by Anonymousreply 7202/24/2012

Abercrombie & Fitch @ The South Street Seaport when it still sold safari clothes

Milk Bar

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Jayne County.

D. Fields' horsecock.

by Anonymousreply 7402/24/2012

For R64 The Gaiety thread

by Anonymousreply 7502/24/2012

Let's not forget Tompkins Square Park and the riot by the squatters in the late '80's. Also, it was the venue for early Wigstock. In the '80's, you could actually live in Manhattan right out of college. No real need for ID. You could smoke anything indoors and out. It really was fab. I miss it and being young.

by Anonymousreply 7602/24/2012

I'm Mahagony from Dial M for Model. and I'm the brightest star on the modeling horizon!

by Anonymousreply 7702/24/2012

Gucci, Pucci, and Fiorucci...

by Anonymousreply 7802/24/2012

r44, add Jerry Fitzpatrick of The Coven and Yukon, Dominic at Casa DePre and Brian at 14 Christopher to the bartender's list.

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r40, Jose the cute manager of Condomania said they were being forced out of Bleecker Street. Sunglass Hut now pays $15,000 a month for the space.

by Anonymousreply 8102/24/2012

r72s SHIFT and CAPS LOCK must be broken.

by Anonymousreply 8202/24/2012

My god, David's cookies were the BEST!! Like having a chocolate bar in a cookie!

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by Anonymousreply 8402/24/2012

I resent the eldergay thing. You youngergays missed out on a lot and now don't have a real future. Fuck you. Get used to having a nowhere life.

by Anonymousreply 8502/24/2012

"You don't need a million to look like one."

"Oh thank you!"

by Anonymousreply 8602/24/2012

Cute story, r68!

I was far away in darkest flyoverland back then and never got to even vist New York until after 9/11. If I'd had an experience like yours at that age I'd've come in my pants for sure.

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The extra "E" is for extra PEE!

by Anonymousreply 8802/24/2012

No love for The Robin Byrd Show ?

by Anonymousreply 8902/24/2012

Andrew Crispo

I was a gayling in NYC attending FIT the same year Eigel Vesti was killed and was very freaked out.

Limelight, Palladium and Danceteria

Howard Johnsons right in the middle of Times Square

Stepping over bums and crack vials in Times Square, not wanting to be there after dark

The original Carolines on 8th Ave

Seeing the whores hanging out on 9th Ave

Crack babies and Mother Hale House

Covanent House & Father Ritter

Thinking back, I miss my youth, but not so much the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 9002/24/2012

Really? Why the hell would anyone on a gay site want to relive the NYC "AIDS" 80's?

by Anonymousreply 9102/24/2012

I attended Columbia in late 80s, and was deeply closeted. I remember sneaking down to this magazine store just off the corner of Greenwich & Christopher, sifting through male nudie mags, and flirting/making eye contact with other guys who were doing the same. I remember how thrilling it was to feel sexual for the first time. One night I hooked up with a guy there and we went down to the block, found a small alley way near Julius, and he fucked the living shit out of me there. After that I discovered Uncle Charlie's and became a regular there for a bit. The 1 train was great...took me right from Columbia to Christopher.

by Anonymousreply 9202/24/2012

The 86 Mets with gorgeous Keith Hernandez, the Derek Jeter of the 80's, after his divorce.

by Anonymousreply 9302/24/2012

Into the Groove & Spin Me Round kicking off the summer of 1985!

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Seeing the whores outside Julius in the West Village

by Anonymousreply 9502/24/2012

Mari Lynn (and bong hits.)

by Anonymousreply 9602/24/2012

Caramba !, !!, !!!, and !!!!



[quote]Big ass bowls full of condoms at every gay establishment (but nothing of the sort at straight bars).

Not so, the Ritz and Irving Plaza had the big bowls out at rock shows.

by Anonymousreply 9702/24/2012

Tunnel, Bowery Bar, Senor Swanky's, Indochine, Mr. Chow

by Anonymousreply 9802/24/2012

The movie Big Business with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Especially everything in The Plaza.

by Anonymousreply 9902/24/2012

Tina Chow


Way Bandy

Keith Haring

Andy Warhol

Jean Paul Basquiat

Bonnie & Clyde's (dyke bar)

The Duchess (ditto)

by Anonymousreply 10002/24/2012

I browse at Bloomingdale's but I buy at Alexander's!

by Anonymousreply 10102/24/2012

The Lullabuy of Old Broadway!

by Anonymousreply 10202/24/2012

Bucky Dent's ass.

by Anonymousreply 10302/24/2012

First, I love you bitches and this thread.




Uncle Charlie's Uptown ( on third)

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WillieWear BAM Cafe Luxemborg Kostabi Danceteria Tom Tom Club Doc Martins Barney's on 17th & 7th

Did we all live there in the 80's?

by Anonymousreply 10502/24/2012

I actually walked/danced for InWear/Matinique fashion show @ The Manhattan Center on W 34th St. circa '86. I was on the album cover for Rainy Davis circa '87. I saw Andy Warhol @ the opening of Nell's on W 14th St. circa '86. I had champagne w/ Lauren Hutton @ same opening. She still looked great. (Lesbian, BTW) . I appeared in Rolling Stone Mag in a speedo. I got laid left and right...Sigh/// It was a blast to be young and hung in NYC. I will never forget it.

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Rays Pizza, @ 11th Street and 6th. Lines around the corner.

by Anonymousreply 10802/24/2012

R106, I couldn't find that album cover. What fun memories. WHO are you???

by Anonymousreply 10902/24/2012

The St. Marks Baths


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Paradise Garage

"I shop everywhere but I buy on 14th Street"

Channel J

Columbia Dance

Howard Beach, Yusef Hawkins

Skating in Central Park

by Anonymousreply 11102/24/2012

Chelsea Gym

by Anonymousreply 11202/24/2012

[quote]OP: Why are you staring at me? When I look back at you, I don't like what I see. Your lack of character shows. I hate your clothes.

OMG, that is the first thing I thought of too!

John Sex

Marilyn, the Musical

Christopher Rage

by Anonymousreply 11302/25/2012

Arthur Russell

by Anonymousreply 11402/25/2012

I miss NY of the 80s. Broadway was cool, not tourist Disneyland and the streets seemed cleaner all over manhattan.

by Anonymousreply 11502/25/2012

antique boutique


Save the Robots

the REAL Canal Jeans

8th street for SHOES

Milk Bar

by Anonymousreply 11602/25/2012

Guy jumping out of the 4th floor welfare hotel on 8th and 25th St. Past him on my way to get a slice. Thought he was homeless until people rushed in to say call the police. Got my slice and went home around the block, so as not to step in any blood or guts.

by Anonymousreply 11702/25/2012

homeless people everywhere

by Anonymousreply 11802/25/2012

Omg R102! That commercial was a major blast from the past! Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 11902/25/2012

R102 the name of the girl making the bed on the left is Carol Anne Baxter (I kid you not). We did a Broadway show together in the late 80's.

by Anonymousreply 12002/25/2012

Is the Milford Plaza where all the stars stay?

by Anonymousreply 12102/25/2012

LOL r121.

That would be tantamount to saying that Lux is "the soap of the film stars" or that "it's time to play the game that STARS play - Secret Word!"

by Anonymousreply 12202/25/2012

The new Tower Records on B'way & 4th St (I think)....lived in there.

Caramba (across the street)

Dojo's on St Mark's


Cafe Yaffa.

What was the name of that French restaurant in the meat packing district...Florent.

That Polish place, something kitchen on 1st ave and about 6th st.

The place a few blocks up on a corner that did the great french toast.

Veselka before they fucked it up.

The great new French films every week on the Upper West Entre Nous.


The Left Bank (68th & Madison)

The Soupburg (73rd & Madison)

The Mayflower Coffee Shop (66th & Madison)

All those fucking catering companies I worked for...especially Glorious Food & Lend A Hand.

Bob Brady's acting class on E 14th....Liquid Sky.

Uncle Steve on Canal.

Crazy Eddie's.

The army surplus place on Christopher & Bleeker.

Canal Jeans and those oversized 60s suit Jackets I lived in.

Wearing white T shirts with dinner jackets.

That barber shop on Astor Place.

The new coffee shop on Astor Place.

CBS 101.1 FM...always playing the same oldies over & over

The Bell Telephone shop on Union Sq.

That new farmer's market, also Union Sq.


$99 flights to London & Paris & 'standby'.

The Bagel

Breakfast for under $5 at most places.

blah, blah...

by Anonymousreply 12302/25/2012

"XXX" everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 12402/25/2012

People Express shuttles to Boston and DC

The bathroom at Grand Central!

Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, the new alternatives.

The New York Yuppie, brownstone rental, horn rimmed glasses (square Ray Bans for fun), tied sweaters, collar pins, Hermes scarves for the career woman of the 80's, briefcases (what's that?).

Timothy Twink: Midriff College TShirt, Light Blue/Pastel Blue Jeans, Reeboks and thick bright-colored socks.

Clark Clone: Buzz cut (not shaved!), mustache, leather vest or leather jacket (with shoulder pads), jeans or chaps, and an old bandana leftover from the 70's.

Connie Commuter: power skirt suit (grey or blue)pussy bowties, nude panty hose, white socks and Reebok's sneakers. Two inch navy blue boat pumps in oversized bag. Smart black wool coat (cross-breasted and tied) and tiny coach bag hanging diagonally because "New York is very dangerous and a woman can get mugged anywhere"

Brunch at Sarabeth's

Free concerts at Central Park

Walkmans everywhere.

Gym thongs (F) and short shorts (M), bright socks, head bands, leg warmers, white sneakers.

Answering machines and microwaves, the high tech solutions for the busy body of the 80's.

by Anonymousreply 12502/25/2012

Alcatraz Bar


King Tut's Wah Wha Hut


East Village- Tompkins Park before the cleanup and when the bandstand was there.


by Anonymousreply 12602/25/2012

Channel J

Al Goldstein

Crack vials

Plato's Retreat

Billie Boggs

Mets Win World Series

Pasta Presto before a movie

Lox Around the Clock


by Anonymousreply 12702/25/2012

[quote] That Polish place, something kitchen on 1st ave and about 6th st.

Marie's or Theresa's. I used to get them mixed up.

There was also briefly a polish chain restauant called Christina's. I remember them on 23rd and 86th on the east side.

I moved to Yorkville when it was still Germantown. Cafe Geiger, Kleine Konditori, the Ideal restaurant, Bremen house, the Elk candy company. There was also Little Finland bar and a lot of Hungarian places around 82nd street.

by Anonymousreply 12802/25/2012

Not to hijack the thread, but I live in Yorkville now and the German/Hungarian presence is all but extinguished. Too bad..

by Anonymousreply 12902/25/2012

Dojo's (tofu burger w/EXTRA ginger sauce please!)

Holiday Cocktail Lounge & the International

The Dugout (RIP Bob the bartender wherever you ended up)

Wigstock before the movie

Astor Riviera Cafe

by Anonymousreply 13002/25/2012


The Bazaar Stores (Second Avenue Bazaar, Third Avenue Bazaar, etc)

Small Pottery Barn stores all over the city (and an outlet in Chelsea). They mostly sold glassware, ceramics, small decor, dinnerware and Christmas ornaments at 50-75% off after New Year's Day


by Anonymousreply 13102/25/2012

[quote]Astor Riviera Cafe

That's the place I was thinking of...I think it's now a Starbuck's.

[quote]The Bazaar Stores (Second Avenue Bazaar, Third Avenue Bazaar, etc)

Have they gone, I don't believe it. Lamston was still around in the '80s.

[quote]Marie's or Theresa's. I used to get them mixed up.

That's it...Theresa's.

I can't believe it's so long ago.

A few more:-

The Riviera cafe on 7th Ave....great burgers.

The Cupping Room in SoHo.

I Tre Merli in SoHo...trendy bar.

Tiffany...the big coffee shop on 7th Ave, nr Christopher. Kind of sleazy.

Jackson Hole.


I'd totally forgotten about People's Express.

There was an ice cream parlor on La Guardia, I think..I think it was a branch of a New England place. Great malts.

The Waverly Coffee Shop, with all the muffins. So corny, they had a sign 'Welcome America'.

What was that club in Tribeca, with the windows with live sort of exhibitions. Very Big at the time. Club A or something. Someone must remember. People used to say things like @Boy George is coming later.

Also, Danceteria and that former church that was a club on 6th Ave, I think.

by Anonymousreply 13202/25/2012

[quote]What was that club in Tribeca, with the windows with live sort of exhibitions. Very Big at the time. Club A or something.

Just re-read the thread...I was thinking of Area. Never really liked it.

by Anonymousreply 13302/25/2012

The Saint

White Parties

Black Parties

by Anonymousreply 13402/25/2012

The Eastern Airlines Shuttle

by Anonymousreply 13502/25/2012

[quote]Answering machines and microwaves, the high tech solutions for the busy body of the 80's.

I miss the days when we were so appreciative of new technology. We're all so jaded about everything nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 13602/25/2012


Phantom of the Opera

Windows on the World

The Mayfair

Serendipity (1,2, & 3)

All American Boy

KS, PCP, MAI, ITP, Cryptosporidium, and on and on and on...

by Anonymousreply 13702/25/2012

[quote]Answering machines

The Code-A-Phone was the latest thing with micro tapes and you could access your messages from anywhere with a touch tone 'phone!

The New Age...the bookshops and crystal shops. Shops that just sold crystals!

by Anonymousreply 13802/25/2012


I'd forgotten about Ruelles. I actually worked there!

by Anonymousreply 13902/25/2012

Also re answering machines... remember how people used to have jokey messages, sometimes with music...oh, so hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 14002/25/2012

Leona Helmsley

by Anonymousreply 14102/25/2012

Arthur Bell, the Michael Musto of the 80's.

by Anonymousreply 14202/25/2012

Ethyl Eichelberger

by Anonymousreply 14302/25/2012

Hapi Phace!

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by Anonymousreply 14502/27/2012

Lynn Lavin who sang "I Knew You Were From Brooklyn."

by Anonymousreply 14602/27/2012

Albert, the boy soprano waitron at Marie's Crisis.

by Anonymousreply 14702/27/2012

s.n.a.f.u., rock cabaret 6th & 21st.

by Anonymousreply 14802/27/2012

Letterman was funny..


Go to youtube and watch his NBC anniversary shows. I watched his 7th anniversary last night and laughed my ass off.

by Anonymousreply 14902/27/2012

225 was home accessories Mecca.

by Anonymousreply 15002/27/2012

Famous Amos & Mrs. Fields overpriced chocolate chip cookie stores.

by Anonymousreply 15102/27/2012

The 26th street Flea Market in five outdoor parking lots. The Canal Street Flea Market and Antique co-op. Tons of funky antiques and collectibles shops all over the Village and Upper West Side.

by Anonymousreply 15202/27/2012

R84, Darinka is alive and kicking on the lower east side! Her very handsome hubby owns a Bavarian beer and brats place on Eldridge called Katrina or something like that. She doesn't look a day older and still wears her hair up.

by Anonymousreply 15302/27/2012

Cafe Katja, not Katrina

by Anonymousreply 15402/27/2012

New Franco Zeffirelli productions at the Metropolitan Opera.

by Anonymousreply 15502/28/2012

As a teenager from Philly really into movies, it would be a real treat to be in NYC and go to Jerry Ohlinger's Movie Material Store. I believe it was in the village, but not sure. Pre-internet, it was a place I could buy movie photos, posters, and lobby cards.

by Anonymousreply 15602/28/2012

David's Potbelly on Christopher....HUGE omelettes with English Muffins and hushpuppies in a *tiny* space...

St. Mark's Baths (yes, I was a whore, dear)

Paradise Garage

Uncle Charlie's (both downtown and uptown)

Trash and Vaudeville

Tiffany Diner (now a Bank of America!?!?)

Other things I probably have forgotten :)

Ahhh, good times....

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by Anonymousreply 15802/28/2012

The 3D Film Festivals at the 8th Street Playhouse!

by Anonymousreply 15902/28/2012

I remember Potbelly and the Tiffany.

I was acquaintances with model Gia Carangi. Semi-blue-collar Philly girl who brought an ethnic street look to fashion. Made a ton of money in NY, took the fashion world by storm. Gay and confused, hooked on drugs, out of the business by 23 and dead of AIDS by 26.

People are so much more careful now. And know themselves and their health better.

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by Anonymousreply 16102/29/2012

Trashed Gia!

by Anonymousreply 16202/29/2012

Kleine Konditerei and Cafe Geiger on 86th Street.

by Anonymousreply 16302/29/2012

David's Potbelly was half-owned by John James of "Dynasty." His father was radio's Herb Oscar Anderson.

by Anonymousreply 16402/29/2012

R132, the Riviera is stillt ere, amazingly.

Last night I walked by Manatus, another restaurant survivor from the 1970s and 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 16502/29/2012

Bright Lights, Big City Slaves of new York

by Anonymousreply 16602/29/2012

Is the West Coast Diner still with us?

by Anonymousreply 16702/29/2012

That Vogue cover photo of Gia at r161 is a reminder of another memorable aspect of the '80s: the garish makeup! I saw an early Golden Girls recently and my friend and I were remarking on their clown-like makeup, but that Gia photo shows that young women were wearing it too!

by Anonymousreply 16803/01/2012

Film Forum when they had campy old flicks. Now it's a total bore. The Thalia uptown had fun programming, too. Saw Woody Allen there one night.

by Anonymousreply 16903/02/2012

r90, i was a young gayling at FIT in the late 80s who majored in clubbing... julie jewels susan ainsworth-the really sweeat doorperson at the tunnel kenny kenny larry tee the world area outlaw parties

by Anonymousreply 17003/03/2012

Joy of Movement

by Anonymousreply 17103/03/2012

I forgot all about Susan Ainsworth, R180.

Didn't she also do the door at MARS?

by Anonymousreply 17203/03/2012

Have a long shot question for those lurkers around NY in late 80s/early 90s.

There was a guy with a public access cable show that played late nights Sat. It was mostly the guy striking poses and quasidancing in the nude. He was a bit on the rugged side facially, had an amazing body, and got more sexually explicit as the show ran. At one point he might have confessed to being an escort.

That's about all I remember. Anyone else have clearer memories or more details?

by Anonymousreply 17303/03/2012

r172, i think she did, she worked at a lot of the clubs back then. i always liked that she seemed like a normal, level-headed woman in the swirl of all the crazy costumes and drama.

by Anonymousreply 17403/03/2012

Jerry Ohlinger's was on 14th Street between 7th and 8th on the south side of the street.

I used to take a bus from South Jersey, with $100 in my hand, I'd see two shows (Tix from TKTS) have a meal and buy a tee-shirt or program. And still have some money left over.

Does anyone remember:

Miss Grundy's (Fast Food Heath food)

The LOVE Stores (Duane Reade of the 80's)

Muppet Stuff on Lexington in the 60's.

Jose Sent Me- on 55th between B'way and 8th.

Those movie theaters in Times Square where they would frisk you upon entering.

The Drama Bookstore on the second floor on 48th and B'way

St Mark's Place before The Gap

by Anonymousreply 17503/03/2012

Buying nickel and dime bags of weed on E.10th St. just as easy as buying a loaf of bread.

by Anonymousreply 17603/03/2012


I forgot!

The Blue Door

The Black Door

The Paradise Plum

Going into retail establishments for drugs. That was convenience!

by Anonymousreply 17703/03/2012

This thread makes me sad. I wish I could go back.

NYC in the 80s was the happiest time in my life, despite it being a fucked up place in it's own way.

by Anonymousreply 17803/03/2012

Remember Ugly George who used to run around the streets getting women to take off their clothes?

Here's a clip about Channel J in the 80s. Dig Richard Bey's hair.

by Anonymousreply 17903/03/2012

anyone remember "the closet case show" on cable access? I used to record the show on my VCR and jerk off to it when my room mates weren't around.

by Anonymousreply 18003/03/2012

[quote]This thread makes me sad. I wish I could go back.NYC in the 80s was the happiest time in my life, despite it being a fucked up place in it's own way.

You're clearly not a gay male. If you are, you're deluded.

by Anonymousreply 18103/03/2012

I agree with r181 - although the 80's saw my energetic youth, quite a bit of travel, and making it to Broadway (on stage, not in the audience) - and although I've contributed a bit to this thread - the horrible things that were going on day-to-day due to Reagan, AIDS, yuppies, the moral majority, greed, simplistic music, and those cheesy clothes that made everyone look like a triangle, were more than enough to make me look back at those 10 years with utter disdain.

When I wax sentimental about the good ol'days of youth/fashion/music/good times, I think of the late 70's (my disco teen years), and skip right to the gay 90's (my Fire Island years).

by Anonymousreply 18203/04/2012

Woman outside Village Cigars in Sheridan Square singing opera. Orchestral music provided by hand-held cassette machine.

by Anonymousreply 18303/04/2012

On Christopher, CVS was Martin's Paint and for decades before an A&P where the wheels of your cart would get caught in the wooden floor slats.

by Anonymousreply 18403/04/2012

Jerry Ohlinger lost his lease, a porno shop went into 14th Street location. Still in business near Macy's.

by Anonymousreply 18503/04/2012

I would've rather started a new thread about this but I'm not able to do that so I've decided to tack it on to this thread.

A few days ago,this public access short tv documentary from '82 got uploaded to you tube which is where I found it. In it, they are interviewing Manhattan male street prostitutes, (and drug addicts in Union Square).

There's a rough trade PR top in it as well as a young pretty boy type who claims to be only 14.

by Anonymousreply 18609/01/2013

Focus shifting to LA.

by Anonymousreply 18709/01/2013

The Adonis

by Anonymousreply 18809/01/2013

Boy, is Madonna going to be pissed when she reads this thread.

by Anonymousreply 18909/01/2013

R170 I was an NYU student at the time (88-92) -and miss all that too! The World was fun too but Tunnel VIP for a time was a ton of fun.

Wasn;t it funny when 2 weeks ago they held an outlaw party on the Manhattan Bridge and it was all over the local NY news? I thought to myself Big f-ing deal! There were always outlaw parties in the early 90s. Remember the one at the Village MacDonalds on Broadway? The Parking Garage parties on 6th..?


by Anonymousreply 19009/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 19109/01/2013

The Everard Baths The Broadway Arms Baths The Ansonia Baths The East Side Club Man's Country The Club New York The New Saint Marks Baths

by Anonymousreply 19209/01/2013

I didn't move to the city til '89 but here are some memories, most already mentioned.

Billy's Topless on 24th Lox Around the Clock The Wiz Antique Boutique/Unique Boutique Uncle Steve's Nell's MARS The Blue something (Owl maybe?) on Bleecker/Bway. Great old room, now houses a clothing shop. Balducci's David's Potbelly's huevos! Florent Daffy's Canal Jean 26th St flea market Odessa on A The "Reggae Record Shop" on 9th St bet 1st and A...guess what they sold. It wasn't records. Hash brownies on 3rd St from a candle shop across from Hell's Angels.

by Anonymousreply 19309/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 19409/04/2013

Why would a post get rejected over and over? I'm trying to post my experience with a specific person already mentioned in this thread, but my post keeps getting rejected.

Think: art gallery owner @ 57th and Madison.

by Anonymousreply 19509/04/2013

Billy Metz.

by Anonymousreply 19609/04/2013

Odeon (Waited tables there)


New York Air and the Flying Nosh


Lox Around the Clock


by Anonymousreply 19709/04/2013

JFK Jr.skateboarding in Central Park.

by Anonymousreply 19809/04/2013

I did D. Fields' horsecock for a month during the '70s, R74. It had the best drugs.

by Anonymousreply 19909/08/2013

He was a really fun guy, actually, Danny Fields.

by Anonymousreply 20009/08/2013

Brothers and Sisters

by Anonymousreply 20109/08/2013



Cafe Luxembourg

by Anonymousreply 20209/08/2013

Area - saw Dianne Keaton there in a turban


Madonna sleeping with deejays to get her music played

by Anonymousreply 20309/08/2013

LOVED the Village and it's wonderful clothing stores: Antique Boutique, Unique, Canal Jeans (both locations were still open at one point), I. Buss, all the little fun shops on 8th Street, Street Life in Soho.

The Postermat on 8th had great t-shirts which they'd reduce once a month and throw in a $2-$3 bin. I got some great t-shirts, I still have my button collection from there.

Hudson News, where I got all my fave British music magazines and Euro fashion mags. I used to buy the original UK Time Out there too.

Tower Records on West 4th, Tower's lower priced annex, all the great small indie records shops such a Record Runner and the other indie record shops on Bleecker.

(Never liked Bleecker Bob's, the man or his store, he was a nasty piece of work. I shopped there a few times, I didn't like the way he treated his customers, talked down to them as if they were subhuman. Some of his customers said it was his 'schtick' to be rude, but I thought otherwise. One time Ronnie Wood was in there shopping, out of the blue, Bob told my female friend I was with, to not LOOK at Ronnie. I said to Bob, "WTF?, we are here to shop, not bother anyone!" Bob then repeated again, that "Ronnie doesn't want attention!" I was flabbergasted, as we weren't even near Ronnie, were flipping through the records! I got so angry, I called Bob an "asshole", then told him to "shove your goddamn records up your ass, you just lost TWO customers!" Wood laughed, it appeared that even he couldn't understand why Bob cited us out! My friend and I left, never to return. Any customer who put up with that piece of shit Bob was a moron.)

Music venues: Area, Danceteria, The Ritz, Tier 3, Club 57, Irving Plaza, Limbo Lounge, The Pyramid, outlaw parties in bank ATM lobbies, Danceteria's private club Congo Bill, The Bottom Line (saw Costello, The Police, The Stiff Tour and many other excellent shows there).

Bayamo, Dojo (when their food was edible), Cactus Cafe (best Mexican food in the Village!).

The weekend outdoor flea market in Tower's West 4th St parking lot was a lot of fun.

by Anonymousreply 20409/08/2013

bump for NYC in the 80s....

by Anonymousreply 20509/08/2013

June 12 1982 march for peace.

Wikipedia says a million people, was it really that many?

by Anonymousreply 20609/08/2013

Flips Boutique Unique Boutique

by Anonymousreply 20710/12/2013

The Peppermint Lounge

by Anonymousreply 20810/12/2013
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