Yesterday’s NYT had an interesting story about the few taverns in NYC that have resisted installing televisions.
While the New York State Liquor Authority permits the flow of alcohol in 10,320 bars, taverns and food-service establishments in the city, it does not track how many have rebuffed the Screen. But sales representatives of the Brooklyn Brewery report that televisionless bars in the five boroughs are a vanishing species, said Stephen K. Hindy, the company’s president. His employees visit thousands of bars while tending the taps dispensing the company’s brews. “The older I get, the more I look for a place where you can hear yourself think — a clean, well-lighted place,” said Mr. Hindy, channeling Hemingway.
There are still a couple of gay bars in town without TVs, but most of the ones I can think of have a least a couple of flat screens (which are usually pumping out bad porn).