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WOW. I miss the NYC of the 80s.

Boy Bar.

Uncle Charlie's.

Pyramid.

8BC.

Danceteria.

Darinka.

CBGBs.

Rounds.

by Anonymousreply 8605/04/2014

AIDS

by Anonymousreply 104/14/2013

WOW.

by Anonymousreply 204/14/2013

Didn't make it here until the 90's, but Uncle Charlie's was still on Greenwich Avenue then - met my S.O. there, in fact. It closed then a couple years later. And became some dreadful breeder place.

I was walking through Chelsea just today thinking, wow, there is just too much vagina in those parts these days, yuck. Sickening.

Used to be 'too scary' and the suburban clowns would stay away. Now, New York IS the suburbs, and the suburbs are scary.

Remember Rome? Or the Jewel Theater? And then there was that boothstore on 8th @ 40th which is now the NY Times building - that place was the best, IMO. And Stella's, of course.

Sigh. We're getting old, and I hate it.

by Anonymousreply 304/14/2013

How can a gay miss NY in the 80s?

Please explain, actually don't bother.

It's absurd.

by Anonymousreply 404/14/2013

Here is a link to videos of the gay social/ club scene in the 70s and 80s.

by Anonymousreply 504/14/2013

WOW. I miss brunch.

by Anonymousreply 604/14/2013

I miss limelight

by Anonymousreply 704/14/2013

I don't miss Area.

by Anonymousreply 804/14/2013

It was the best of times and the worst of times. But that just made the good better.

I was 18 in 1985, so it wasn't about all my friends suffering with AIDS. We knew to use condoms, and did.

I hate how every 80s thread turns into the AIDS ruined everything trip.

by Anonymousreply 904/14/2013

Cahoots/The Works

The World

The Saint

by Anonymousreply 1004/14/2013

[quote]I hate how every 80s thread turns into the AIDS ruined everything trip.

I know. I feel the same about my hometown of Berlin in the 1930s. Do people HAVE to spoil everything and mention the Holocaust?

by Anonymousreply 1104/14/2013

Loved, Loved, Loved Danceteria.

And Area.

And The Ritz.

Yeah, I'm a total 80s NYC kid.

by Anonymousreply 1204/14/2013

Cave Canim.

by Anonymousreply 1304/14/2013

[quote]Yeah, I'm a total 80s NYC kid.

Yeah, me too, like TOTALLY!

Who gives a shot about aids, I neva gotit.

by Anonymousreply 1404/14/2013

"Boy Bar" sounds hot.

by Anonymousreply 1504/14/2013

The Garage

by Anonymousreply 1604/14/2013

I also met my first bf in Uncle Charlies. Also have fond memories of Stellas and Gaiety. I hooked up with Joey Stefano and countless other dancers from Gaiety. Thank god I was smart enough to use condoms with each encounter.

by Anonymousreply 1704/14/2013

No mention of the Gaiety?

Rounds had the hottest guys ever. Rows so muscle boys all for sale.

by Anonymousreply 1804/14/2013

I miss the live sex shows of the late 1970s. And the dancers who would gladly "interact" with the audience.

by Anonymousreply 1904/14/2013

r1, the AIDS crisis is not over. From an article this week in the WASHINGTON POST:

"Men who have sex with men (MSM) have accounted for a rising proportion of new infections over the past two decades, and now account for almost two-thirds of new infections."

AND:

"20,000 Americans living with HIV still die every year, an annual toll that exceeds the rate of U.S. combat deaths in Vietnam."

Joke however you like about AIDS being a thing of the past, the scourge of the '80s, etc. Fact is, we are all still living with AIDS, and it is going to be a health concern for gay men for the next several decades. Young gay men are now the mostly likely group to be infected with HIV. Give that some thought.

by Anonymousreply 2004/14/2013

Isn't Pyramid still around? I was in there for 5 minutes a few years ago until we realized it was cash only.

by Anonymousreply 2104/14/2013

Oh, and Frankie's La Bamba, lol. On 10th or 11th.

by Anonymousreply 2204/14/2013

I miss the Grand Ticino.

by Anonymousreply 2304/14/2013

[quote]I hate how every 80s thread turns into the AIDS ruined everything trip.

Time to go shopping for a new decade then.

by Anonymousreply 2404/14/2013

Nelson took that camera everywhere. He's a doll for it.

by Anonymousreply 2504/14/2013

[quote]From an article this week in the WASHINGTON POST: "Men who have sex with men (MSM)...

The goyim can call themselves MSM. It is what they is.

by Anonymousreply 2604/14/2013

The Townhouse is still there. You'd be old enough to prop up the bar now.

by Anonymousreply 2704/14/2013

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

...unfortunately never got to CLUB 57

by Anonymousreply 2804/14/2013

r26, ha ha ha, say what you like, it's not about the goyim, it's about: lots of men who don't identify as gay have sex with men. So if you're talking about the rise of new HIV infections among young gay men, the "gay" leaves out all the straight guys who suck dick on Friday nights.

You wanna be smug and dismissive, go ahead. The fact is:

WE ARE LIVING IN A DECADE OF AIDS.

It is happening now. People are serconverting right now. Men you have sex with, men you desire, men you wish you could have sex with, are infected with HIV and don't know it.

The health crisis continues.

by Anonymousreply 2904/14/2013

Very true R20/R29, but obviously you weren't around NYC in the 80s when 2 or 3 people you knew died EVERY WEEK. Yes the disease is still around but back then not only was there no treatment, then later only a treatment that made you wish you were dead, but most healthcare workers didn't want to even touch you. People worked in AIDS wards on a volunteer basis. Now you'd be fired for refusing to care for a patient with HIV.

Some of those videos creeped me out. Is Michael Alig still in prison?

by Anonymousreply 3004/14/2013

r30, girlfriend, I'm 54 years old and I've lived in NYC since the fall of 1980, and I know hundreds of people who died, no exaggeration.

I continue to know people who die of AIDS. I continue to live in a city in which new AIDS infections are on the rise.

We need to let go of our "AIDS nostalgia."

AIDS is now, we are living with AIDS now.

by Anonymousreply 3104/14/2013

I miss brunch at Claire's on Seventh near the old Barney's. Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich was my first gay bar and I met my best friend there. *sigh*

by Anonymousreply 3204/14/2013

Oh, and R32, brunch at that place where Chipotle is now - what was the name? Had the best burgers. "Meal" or "Eat" or "Food" or some kind of name like that, ferns and a dining room in back. West side of 8th on 17th...?

by Anonymousreply 3304/14/2013

Another 80s thread.

by Anonymousreply 3404/14/2013

Food Bar, R33. And the only decent thing on the menu was vodka & cranberry.

by Anonymousreply 3504/14/2013

Was it "Food Bar," R33?

Very gay. Very attitudinous waitstaff, as I recall.

by Anonymousreply 3604/14/2013

Limelight was pretty great, but none of these places compare to The Cock, which is probably the greatest bar NYC has ever had or ever will have.

by Anonymousreply 3704/15/2013

The 12th and A version, of course, R37.

The short-lived John Street rivaled it. Saw Scissor Sisters there before they became famous and then Jason getting fucked later in the back room. A stripper pissed on the crowd and they loved it. But this is all 90s and early 00s fun.

I arrived in 1989 so not much 80s experience.

by Anonymousreply 3804/15/2013

Better Days

Nairobi Lounge

Garage

Crisco Disco

Kellers

the Japanese/American food place on St. Marks Place

St. Mark's cinema

the piers

by Anonymousreply 3904/15/2013

I went looking for Uncle Charlies on my first trip to NYC (somehow I'd read that was the place to go) SADLY I was looking for it in 1998.

What was the address? What is there now?

by Anonymousreply 4004/15/2013

I'm Ready for the 80s!!!!

(P.S. Is that Dorothy Stratten)

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2013

I miss the 26th st. parking lot Flea Market before it moved to the Garage.

Of course, the space is a high-rise now.

by Anonymousreply 4204/15/2013

Would establishments like those still work in today's world? Would they be even allowed to stay open for business with all the permits and stuff you need for them? I'd say apart from the legal stuff I think a lot of people are fed up with the online hook-up experience and want to do something different again or for a change. Though if that's enough to keep a business profitable that's a different question.

by Anonymousreply 4304/15/2013

I miss Patti @ Le Mouche!

by Anonymousreply 4404/15/2013

r33, r35, r36 you are confusing decades, The place was called Food Bar in the 1990's. In the 80's (and up until 1992)it was called something like "Rogers and Barbera", and the food and service were MUCH better than Food Bar.

I know I'm bringing "Rogers & Hammerstein" and "Hannah-Barbera" into this mix and coming up with this very inaccurate name, but it was a similar two-surname thing.

Maybe another e-gay will remember the place's name better than I do.

by Anonymousreply 4504/15/2013

OMG I just noticed in the video at r41....right around the 30 second mark....it is Patricia Campbell Hearst....aka Patty aka Tania!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 4604/15/2013

unique boutique

the real canal jean co

great shoes on 8th street

dojos on st marks

Holiday Cocktail Lounge RIP

The Ritz

by Anonymousreply 4704/15/2013

r40, Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich Avenue is now Fiddlesticks. Before Charlie's it was Dan Stampler's Steak Joint promoting "Dial a Steak CHelsea 2-4100."

by Anonymousreply 4804/15/2013

Alex in Wonderland ... The Coven .... Yukon Club ...

by Anonymousreply 4904/15/2013

Private Eyes (one of the first bars that used multiple TV monitors as part of the light show)

Mars (big fire trap of the late 80's early 90's, with multiple floors of music)

by Anonymousreply 5004/15/2013

You're such a rube, OP. Every place mentioned was a chain. We had them all in Toledo for chrissakes.

by Anonymousreply 5104/15/2013

[quote]You're such a rube, OP. Every place mentioned was a chain. We had them all in Toledo for chrissakes.

I don't think you had a Darinka in Toledo!

by Anonymousreply 5204/16/2013

R33 Rogers & Barbero is the place you are thinking about. It was on Eighth Av between 17th & 18th. (149 8th) It became Food Bar in the 90's. One of their matchbooks is in the NY Historical Society. Now I feel real old!

by Anonymousreply 5304/16/2013

Rock N Roll Fag Bar!

by Anonymousreply 5404/16/2013

WIGSTOCK @ Tompkins Square Park!

by Anonymousreply 5504/16/2013

Thank you for remembering the exact name r53! I was off by just one vowel after all. And someone with your sharp memory shouldn't be feeling old at all.

by Anonymousreply 5604/17/2013

The Paradise Garage

by Anonymousreply 5704/17/2013

"Wheel of Fortune", Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law Rock and roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore

by Anonymousreply 5804/17/2013

The spike

The lure

The eagle on 12th

by Anonymousreply 5904/17/2013

Twigs

by Anonymousreply 6004/17/2013

or was it Trilogy?

by Anonymousreply 6104/17/2013

Caramba!

by Anonymousreply 6204/19/2013

"unique boutique

the real canal jean co

great shoes on 8th street

dojos on st marks

Holiday Cocktail Lounge RIP

The Ritz"

Sounds like we went to all the same places, I also miss Club 82 and Area, but they were actually happening in the mid to late 1970s.

I miss Dancerteria, Tier 3, outlaw parties (I went to a few in ATM areas of bank lobbies!), Club 57 (IIRC Club 57 was actually Irving Plaza or I am mixing up these places?)....The Ninth Circle for drinks before concerts and clubbing. I was more a concert and club goer to enjoy the music and the bands, rather than going to these places to cruise.

Unique Boutique and Canal Jeans started as really small shops, then expanded into much larger spaces on Broadway, the original Canal Jeans was actually on Canal Street.

I also miss Reminiscence. Unfortunately, we will never see this type of Manhattan scene again, due to Bloombucks making Manhattan a place for only the very wealthy. The club scene was also much more fun, as everyone was allowed in, unless you were a total asshole, the door policy was not as obnoxious as I understand today's club scene is. I stopped clubbing years ago. I only attend club events if they are related to say a friend's gallery opening or something work related.

The Soho of my youth is also gone, now Soho is a shopping mall for the wealthy and for asshole celebrities.

by Anonymousreply 6304/21/2013

I loved Tower Records on Broadway and East 4th Street(?), especially when it was new (1983).

I spent a lot of the 1980s in there and a lot of my money.

It was a very cool shop. The best of all the Tower Records in the world.

by Anonymousreply 6404/21/2013

It was very sad when Tower closed. The last few days, they were practically giving stuff away, they did actually give away the plastic shopping baskets!

I also shopped at the Tower Annex, it was up the block from the Bwy and 4th Street store.

The annex had some amazing sales and this was way before the news about them closing, I got tons of import CDs for 50¢ to $2.99. I saved a ton on Christmas presents shopping there. Most of my friends are into weird and obscure music, Tower was THE place to find it!

by Anonymousreply 6504/25/2013

Limelight

by Anonymousreply 6604/25/2013

When did Tower Records on Broadway close?

by Anonymousreply 6704/25/2013

Darinka is still around and looking fabulous. She smartly sobered up a long time ago and kept her looks and dignity. Her handsome husband owns a Bavarian restaurant on the Lower Est Side. I just saw her at a funeral.

by Anonymousreply 6804/25/2013

Tower records was a California-based chain.

by Anonymousreply 6904/25/2013

"Tower records was a California-based chain."

Yes, New Yorkers were aware of that.

We actually had our own large record stores before Tower opened here, but none had the diverse level of Tower's stock, they pretty much carried every type of music.

We had record/electronics stores such as King Carol, Crazy Eddie's, The Wiz, then years later Virgin and HMV opened, now all these stores are gone too.

by Anonymousreply 7004/25/2013

Pubic Hair Club for Man At The Comeback

by Anonymousreply 7104/25/2013

National Wholesale Liquidators on lower Broadway was also fun. I once saw Moby, of all people, shopping there!

by Anonymousreply 7204/26/2013

[quote]We had record/electronics stores such as King Carol, Crazy Eddie's, The Wiz,

Remember DiscoMat?

Somewhere no one ever remembers is Azuma which was a sort of Japanese Woolworths.

by Anonymousreply 7304/26/2013

There was another Tower on B'way, I think and the West 60s. It wasn't as good as the downtown one.

by Anonymousreply 7404/26/2013

"Remember DiscoMat? Somewhere no one ever remembers is Azuma which was a sort of Japanese Woolworths."

Yes I used to shop at the two DiscoMats on Fifth Avenue, they always had great sales on Import LPs. I got Stifff atists Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie and Wreckless Eric LPs in color vinyl for just $1.99 each.

I remember AZUMA I used to shop at the one on 8th Street, there was also one near Lexington in the East 50s.

I got some great vases and gifts there, I still have a really cool Union Jack stackable drawer set which I got there, it's still n great shape.Though, I certainly don't remember AZUMA being as low priced as Woolworth's.

I also shopped at the huge Woolworths which was at Bwy and 8th, it had two entrances and a basement. I still can't figure out why Woolworth's went out of business, especially as we currently have these types of stores still in existance.

"Remember DiscoMat? Somewhere no one ever remembers is Azuma which was a sort of Japanese Woolworths."

Yes I used to shop at the two DiscoMats on Fifth Avenue, they always had great sales on Import LPs. I got Stifff atists Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie and Wreckless Eric LPs in color vinyl for just $1.99 each.

I remember AZUMA I used to shop at the one on 8th Street, also at the one near Lexington in the East 50s. I got some great vases and gifts there, I still have this Union Jack drawer container which I got there, it's very cool. But, I certainly don't remember AZUMA being as low priced as Woolworth's.

I also shopped at the huge Woolworths which was at Bwy and 8th, it had two entrances and a basement. I still can't figure out why Woolwoorth's went out of business, especially as we still have these types of stores still in existance.

There were some other cool record and book shops on 8th Street, IIRC, one was called Record Factory, there was also Bookmasters and a Barnes & Noble too, they had amazing hard cover books starting at $1.

"Remember DiscoMat? Somewhere no one ever remembers is Azuma which was a sort of Japanese Woolworths."

Yes I used to shop at the two DiscoMats on Fifth Avenue, they always had great sales on Import LPs. I got Stifff atists Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie and Wreckless Eric LPs in color vinyl for just $1.99 each.

I remember AZUMA I used to shop at the one on 8th Street, there was also one near Lexington in the East 50s.

I got some great vases and gifts there, I still have a really cool Union Jack stackable drawer set which I got there, it's still n great shape.Though, I certainly don't remember AZUMA being as low priced as Woolworth's.

I also shopped at the huge Woolworths which was at Bwy and 8th, it had two entrances and a basement. I still can't figure out why Woolwoorth's went out of business, especially as we currently have these types of stores still in existance.

There was a small record shop and a few book shops on 8th Street, IIRC, the record store was called Record Factory, there was also Bookmasters and a Barnes & Noble, they had amazing hard cover books starting at $1. I got most of my large format art and photo books from these long closed bookstores.

There was another a record shop on 8th which you had to go down to a basement level to get to, I got a ton of import records there.

Is Record Runner still around? I think they were located on Cornelia. They had a really weird staff: an extremely rude owner, a glassy-eyed drunk/druggie and a guy who was obsessed with traveling around the world to see The Cure.

by Anonymousreply 7504/29/2013

Do not ask me what the hell just happened with my last post. I added more info to the original post, but the original post was not there when I copied and re-pasted it, how bizarre!

Ghost In The Machine!

by Anonymousreply 7604/29/2013

[quote]They had a really weird staff: an extremely rude owner,

Sounds typical of small independent/specialist record shops the world over.

No one's mentioned Lamston's. I think that was also very like Woolworths, but my memories of it are getting grainy.

by Anonymousreply 7704/29/2013

I always regret not being old enough to have been able to experience CBGB's and Pyramid.

by Anonymousreply 7804/29/2013

While Woolworth's was still open, I think there was also a Lamston's on 8th at the same time. I recall a Lamston's in midtown.

The Record Runner staff also had a penchant for not giving customers receipts, it was always: 'good luck' trying to get the overcharged difference back! Even if you were a regular customer and spent a ton there, the owner was a nasty arrogant bastard.

I never understood the attitude part, I wasn't going there to impart my knowledge of rock music to the staff, I wasn't annoying. I'd go in with a list, get my items, pay and leave. It always baffles me why small shop owners are so nasty to customers, especially in these mom & pop indie stores where they need the business!

by Anonymousreply 7904/29/2013

I used to go to Bleeker Bob's and another place on Bleeker just West of Carmine. There was also a speciality record shop on Cornelia.

Was Record Runner just south of Washington Sq?

[quote]I always regret not being old enough to have been able to experience CBGB's and Pyramid.

Pyramid was a lot of fun. This is from someone who hated most those kinds of places, but there was always so much going on there that it was always an experience.

Tortilla Flats was a real '80s hangout. Don't know if it's still there.

Also, Dojo's on St Mark's.

by Anonymousreply 8004/29/2013

SAVE THE ROBOTS

by Anonymousreply 8104/29/2013

Record Runner is apparently still open, it's on 5 Jones Street. It used to be closer to Seventh Avenue and in a basement.

The former manager was a great guy, he went on to open another indie shop in the West Village, the name escapes me, maybe Vinyl Mania?

Record Runner have expanded to an online website.

by Anonymousreply 8204/30/2013

The International Stud on Greenwich St. in the West Village, hottest backroom scene ever. Immortalized in Harvey's Torch Song Trilogy. My bf and I would start out at the 9th Circle (amazing 80s rock jukebox) and then we'd split up. I'd travel over to the Stud.

by Anonymousreply 8304/30/2013

Incredible Alexander's

by Anonymousreply 8405/12/2013

I'd love to lurk around (I'm under 30 now) the scene of the early 80s when a LOT of up and comers were hanging out in hopes of getting famous.

That said, I just saw a couple videos on youtube of Danceteria in 1983 and WTF!!!!! I'm not impressed at all with most of the music they played there and most of the people I saw who went there were ugly, narcissistic losers. How was this "the cool place"?

by Anonymousreply 8505/03/2014

Danceteria looked quite dirty and trashy, no wonder Vadge flourished there. I wonder just how many people's styles and ideas she ripped off.

by Anonymousreply 8605/04/2014
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