With Finnerty’s closed, Plug Uglies is now THE Golden State Warriors bar in New York City

Pre-pandemic, Finnerty’s was the unofficial Golden State Warriors Bar in New York City — at least in Manhattan. The bar definitely had a local vibe and would begin to fill up an hour or two before big games. It wasn’t just for the Warriors, but would bring Bay Area sports fans for 49ers and Giants games, too.

Unfortunately Finnerty’s bar has permanently closed, so where do Golden State Warriors fans that live in NYC go to watch Dubs games with other fans? That’s a question that’s been asked several times over on Reddit without many solid answers.

Plug Uglies is the GSW Bar in NYC?

One name that does pop up a couple times is Plug Uglies located in Gramercy. Owned by the same people that ran Finnerty’s, it seems like this bar is the way to go. The bar’s website is pretty bare bones and doesn’t give any hints that it’s a Warriors bar. They do link off to their social media and going by their Instagram and Twitter, there’s definitely a Golden State presence. Here’s their Instagram:

Looking good, but maybe the social media person favors the Warriors? I’d like some more proof that Plug Uglies is the GSW NYC bar of choice. So we went to their Twitter and their most recent tweet on Plug Uglies’ Twitter account shows a bunch of Golden State fans celebrating a Steph Curry three pointer during the 2022 NBA Finals:

That all but confirms that at least Plug Uglies’ social media person is a Golden State Warriors fan and that’s good enough for me. Though reviews say that Plug Uglies doesn’t have the same vibe – according to redditors at least — it looks like Plug Uglies brings in Golden State fans for the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals. We’ll see you there. Go DUBS!

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A short history of clubbing: How nightclubbing has evolved through the decades

 

For many young people around the world, visiting a nightclub for the first time is a rite of passage and an initiation into adulthood. 

However, it isn’t just fun, dancing and merriment that has made nightclubs such important social and cultural institutions in the modern world. In reality, nightclubs have a complex history that is filled with unexpected twists and turns.

Nowadays, we find ourselves in an era where nightclubs are ubiquitous and hyper-commercialised.

In fact, nightclubs have become such a common sight in the landscape of our nightlife that you see them cropping up in unexpected locations such as hotels and even casinos, where hourly jackpots and the whirring of a roulette wheel combine with the thumping bass of electronic music you would usually associate with nightclubs. Whilst casinos and nightclubs have not traditionally been paired together, combinations like this are increasingly common nowadays as nightclubs become ever prevalent and popular.as unique social spaces.

This was not always the case, however, and in previous decades nightclubs were very much an ‘underground’ affair.

History of nightclubs

The exact origins of nightclubs are somewhat difficult to pin down, however, and much of this difficulty is connected to how you define and characterize nightclubs to begin with.

If you define a nightclub simply as a night-time space you can visit that serves alcohol and provides you with a space to dance in, nightclubs have existed in some form for hundreds of years. On the other hand, if you define them more narrowly as spaces with dancing, alcohol, party drugs and DJs spinning electronic music, this history has much shallower roots.

Despite these difficulties, the origins of the modern nightclub are generally accepted to have roots in the ballrooms and dancehalls of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eventually, other music and dance venues emerged, such as jazz clubs, which gave these night-time spaces more of an underground edge. The next evolution of the night club came during the 1940s and 1950s as youth culture experienced a post-War explosion.

By the 1970s, discotheques — or discos as they are more popularly known — had spread across many parts of the world and increasingly replaced the more traditional dancehalls. Notably, this is also when the DJ started to become a more important figure in the nightclub world.

Technological innovations were also important in contributing to these developments, which allowed for the provision of music without the need to rely on a live band to provide the music. It also allowed nightclubs to become increasingly international spaces, with music from all over the world now possible to play without having to invite a live band.

Contemporary club culture as we know it today, however, began to emerge in earnest during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the nightclub became an important part of youth culture. This was also when nightclubs entered into the mainstream, which had both negative and positive aspects. On the one hand, the popularization of nightclubs helped to increase the number of these spaces. On the other hand, by becoming so popular, many nightclubs were stripped of their more radical or transgressive elements.

Perhaps most importantly, it was in and around the 1980s and 1990s that the classic ‘sound’ of the nightclub began to emerge. Inspired by the industrial sounds of the cities where nightclubs were often located, the music popularly played in nightclubs was uniquely reflective of the modern age.

Given the importance of the city itself in the development of nightclub culture, the sounds associated with particular nightclub ‘scenes’ were in many respects a reflection of the urban landscape they emerged from.

For example, hyper industrialized urban landscapes like Chicago and Detroit pioneered ‘House’ and ‘Techno’ music in the 1980s. With places like Berlin being an epicenter for electronic music in the decade before.

Eventually, these urban sounds made their way over to the European scene. In places like Berlin and London, the modern shape of the nightclub scene began to emerge. Berlin still maintains its status as a mecca for nightclubbing, with locations like Tresor and Berghain drawing in hundreds of thousands of music fans each year.

Other European locations also fostered their own nightclubbing scenes. Manchester in particular proved to be a hub for the aptly known ‘Club Cathedrals’ which produced some of the defining sounds of the mid-1990s, particularly from places like the Haçienda.

A confluence of political, social and cultural upheavals occurring towards the tail end of the 1980s gave rise to what has been described as the second ‘Summer of Love’ of 1988-1989. This was the peak of the countercultural side of nightclub culture, with raves taking the nightclub scene by storm. However, rave culture provoked a sharp response from authorities. Particularly because it often relied on taking over abandoned spaces and reimagining them as nightclubs.

Interestingly, this countercultural, highly politicized side to nightclub culture was eventually followed by hyper commercialization. From the late 1990s onwards, electronic music underwent a period of intense mainstream commercialization, particularly through the famous ‘Ministry of Sound’ nightclub and record label.

Commercialization led the nightclub scene to pivot from the industrialized environments of Berlin and Manchester towards Mediterranean landscapes like Ibiza. From then onwards, the nightclub scene underwent a period of slow decline to where it is today.

Between the early 2000s to today, the number of nightclub locations has fallen sharply, particularly in the UK. Despite this, a subversive side still lives on. The digital revolution brought about by the internet is reimagining the nightclub scene. What shape this will take remains to be seen, however, what is clear is that nightclubs will always move with the times.

For a more detailed history of night clubs, check out this awesome interactive feature An Incomplete History of Clubbing you can easily swipe through the evolution of the club.

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Beware: Scammers texting as the New York DMV about “Real ID requirements” and asking you to “update contact (information)”

Over the last weeks, the DMV of New York City was made aware of scam text messages that were being texted to their customers. Here’s the email we received this morning alerting us to the scam and phishing text messages regarding “Real ID requirements” and customers needing to “update contact (information)”

[blockquote]We are contacting you to make you aware of various text message phishing schemes targeting our customers, and to share tips that you can follow to protect yourself.

These fraudulent text messages are made to look like they are from the NYS DMV and they include a link to a fake DMV website. The messages ask the recipient to update their contact information in an attempt to gain access to sensitive personal data.

If you receive such a text message, you should not provide any personal data and should delete the text right away.[/blockquote]

As with most phishing scams, these text messages purportedly from the DMV are asking you to click on a link that looks like it’s coming from the DMV such as nydmv.link/ and a shortened link from ow.ly. Check out these screenshot images of a couple of those text messages:

The DMV of New York has suggested you follow these guidelines so not to be tricked into clicking on any of these fake links:

[blockquote]
Follow these tips to help protect against phishing schemes:

DO inspect all electronic communications you receive to confirm the message was generated from a legitimate source.

DO look for telltale signs of phishing – poor spelling or grammar, the use of threats, the URL does not match that of the legitimate website. If the message does not feel right, chances are it is not.

DON’T click on links embedded in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.

DON’T send your personal information via text.  Legitimate businesses will not ask users to send sensitive personal information through text message.

DON’T post sensitive information online.[/blockquote]

If you want to know more about phishing scams and how to identify and avoid potential scams, go to this link New York State’s Phishing Awareness resources page

Phase II: A list of East Village, LES restaurants now offering outdoor and sidewalk seating

With phase two rolling out in New York City on Monday, June 22, the city allowed barbers, salons, playgrounds, retail stores, business offices, churches, restaurants and cafes all to open up for business again. Continue reading “Phase II: A list of East Village, LES restaurants now offering outdoor and sidewalk seating”

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Are WeWork locations open in New York City during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

With New York City being the most-populous city with the highest population density in the nation, social distancing isn’t always easy. Continue reading “Are WeWork locations open in New York City during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?”

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Sweetgreen opening six new NYC locations including Penn Station, Grand Central, The Bowery, and Rockefeller Center!

Though sweetgreen started out in Washington D.C. and the surrounding DMV region, the insanely popular, growing and extremely valuable salad chain really expanded when it came to New York City. Continue reading “Sweetgreen opening six new NYC locations including Penn Station, Grand Central, The Bowery, and Rockefeller Center!”

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Here’s 20 awesome Broadway Show for less than $50 per ticket

We all know that Broadway Shows aren’t cheap. I mean, seeing a movie can run you $15 a ticket depending on what city you live in, so it only makes sense that seeing a live show is going to require one to shell out more money. Continue reading “Here’s 20 awesome Broadway Show for less than $50 per ticket”

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Lower East Side’s Whynot Coffee closes in favor of famed pizza joint

One of our favorite coffee shops has closed. We just learned that Whynot Coffee has been closed for about a week now — as Bowery Boogie reported “movers were busy clearing out the enormous ground level space at 175 Orchard. It’s done” on November 13th. Continue reading “Lower East Side’s Whynot Coffee closes in favor of famed pizza joint”

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When (and where) is the new Trader Joe’s opening in the East Village?

For as much information that was out there when rumors of a Trader Joe’s was going to open at 500 East 14th Street, we’re surprised by the lack of coverage over the last 6-8 months. (Update: 2019 rumors flying below)

Yes, those were gun shots you heard in the East Village last night

Around 11:30 PM last night, several Alphabet City / East Village residents reported hearing 8-10 loud pops of unmistakable gunfire. EVGrieve reported that the shots happened on Avenue C between East 11th and 12th street on the east side of the street in the C-Town shopping plaza. Continue reading “Yes, those were gun shots you heard in the East Village last night”

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Grand Opening: Second sweetgreen location in Union Square opens today

As we mentioned in April of this year, sweetgreen was opening another location in the Union Square area.  Continue reading “Grand Opening: Second sweetgreen location in Union Square opens today”

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Jeopardy! Records: Austin Rogers’ record run for Jeopardy wins and most money

The quirky, funky bartender from New York City was at it again last night, winning his eleventh consecutive game and primed to surpass the $400,000 total winnings milestone. Continue reading “Jeopardy! Records: Austin Rogers’ record run for Jeopardy wins and most money”

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How does the ‘NYC Train Sign’ MTA countdown clock work (and is it worth it)?

You might have recently scrolled past an advertisement or were tagged in a social media post for the NYC Train Sign. Continue reading “How does the ‘NYC Train Sign’ MTA countdown clock work (and is it worth it)?”

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Austin Rogers, the bearded bartender from New York City, is Jeopardy’s next super champion

Austin Rogers isn’t just winning on Jeopardy!, he’s doing it in style; his own wacky, goofy style. And the people love it. And he’s one of the show’s all-time winners. Continue reading “Austin Rogers, the bearded bartender from New York City, is Jeopardy’s next super champion”

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Removal of 14/B Citi Bike valet station causing capacity problems in East Village

Back in mid-July, Citi Bikers in the Lower Side Side/East Village received an email announcing that the Citi Bike station at 14th street and Avenue B would be removed. Continue reading “Removal of 14/B Citi Bike valet station causing capacity problems in East Village”

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Ost Cafe Closing: Last day in East Village is Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Ost cafe’s last day in the East Village/Alphabet City will be Sunday, February 26th, 2017 according to a note that was posted on their window today. Continue reading “Ost Cafe Closing: Last day in East Village is Sunday, Feb 26, 2017”

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What does “NYC storm zone 1” mean to me?

After Hurricane Sandy, New York City changed the way they labeled areas that were at-risk for flooding.

Whoa! All David Barton gym locations have suddenly closed in NYC

Did all the David Barton gyms close? Unfortunately yes, the popular gym has closed all their locations in New York City.
Continue reading “Whoa! All David Barton gym locations have suddenly closed in NYC”

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What happened to King-Sim Ng from the Manhattan Chinatown documentary?

Earlier this month, The Atlantic featured a emotional and powerful documentary called “Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown“. Continue reading “What happened to King-Sim Ng from the Manhattan Chinatown documentary?”

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11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City

I’ve heard that some dim sum restaurants have moved away from pushcarts so that their small plates come out hotter and fresher. Continue reading “11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City”

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Goodbyes: Iconic Pearl City Mart to close massive SoHo store in December

Pearl River Mart is a three-level department store you wouldn’t expect to see on the busiest, most tourist-heavy, bustling street in the heart of Soho’s retail center. Continue reading “Goodbyes: Iconic Pearl City Mart to close massive SoHo store in December”

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The “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibit sets record numbers at The Met

The Met’s recent exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass” was a blockbuster that no one expected — the show broke several records and goes down in history as one of the most-visited ever at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Continue reading “The “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibit sets record numbers at The Met”

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The A, B, C and Ds of ALPHABET CITY (the “Not East Village” song”)

Two years ago when I first moved to New York, Avenues A, B, C and D were talked about as if they were apart of the East Village. And I happily went along not knowing better. Continue reading “The A, B, C and Ds of ALPHABET CITY (the “Not East Village” song”)”

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Get an eye exam and eyeglass lenses for $50 at Optical 88 in Chinatown

Just when you’ve resigned yourself to spending a pile of cash on something you expect to spend a pretty penny on, Chinatown comes through for you again. Continue reading “Get an eye exam and eyeglass lenses for $50 at Optical 88 in Chinatown”

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