Category Archives: Nightlife

SHORTEST FIGHT IN THE WORLD by Peter Nolan Smith

The World on East 2nd Street hosted a screening of the Tyson-Spinks fight on June 27, 1988. The nightclubs’s door was handled by the tough guy mooks hired by the Bensonhurst fat boys hosting the event. The fee for televising the fight was $20,000. The Brooklyn boys wanted $25 a head. The NYFD occupancy limit […]

MEETING ARTHUR by Peter Nolan Smith

In the summer of 1979 I was going out with a blonde model from Buffalo. One night Lisa came back to my apartment on East 10th Street late. Her hair looked tousled by a hurricane and a button was missing from her shirt. I checked the clock on the wall. It was after 3am. Lisa […]

The Arthur Of Light

Arthur Weinstein was a master of light. His gift transformed empty space into cathedrals of color. His miracles are entrenched in my memories of Hurrah, the Jefferson, Continental, and Milk Bar. Today is his birthday and anyone who was his friend will know how to celebrate his joyous life. Long live Arthur Weinstein.

ONLY A GAME by Peter Nolan Smith

Argentina beat West Germany in the 1986 World Cup of Football. The victors had reached the finals thanks to an unexpected quarter-final victory over England thanks to a goal off the fist of striker Diego Maradona. The media have since labeled the controversial goal ‘the Hand of God’. Few people in the USA were aware […]

SANDWICH RUN by Peter Nolan Smith

New York nightclubs closed at 4am in 1979, however many people didn’t want to go home after Studio 54 or the Mudd Club, CBGBs. The Mafia ran the after-hour clubs like the Cisco Disco, the 82 Club and the Nursery on 3rd Avenue. Drinks were served with an undesirable degree of danger, so when nightlife […]