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Old New York New York Nightclub Closes Its Doors

The popular U.S. 19 hot spot was home to older Clearwater clubgoers for nearly 30 years.

Old New York New York, a U.S. 19 nightclub that catered to an older crowd, has shut its doors after nearly 30 years of operation.

According to official records, the club, which was at  in Clearwater, opened in 1984. Since then, it played host to an often overlooked segment of the populace — people older than 40 who still enjoyed going out for a night of drinking and dancing.

"I have been going there for over 20 years, so I'm really going to miss it," a former patron Laurine said. "But I'm looking forward to moving to the new place."

The place she is referring to is the , another Clearwater institution

"We've brought in the whole family from New York New York — bartenders, the DJ, the band and the patrons," Banana Boat general manager Angelo Prosetopoulos said. "We told the regulars that... we've got a home for you. We're a bar that's inviting the New York New York entity into us."

To that end, officials at Banana Boat went so far as to purchase the liquor license, the old Big Apple sign, and even the rights to the name from the previous owner of New York New York.

According to Banana Boat proprietor Bobby Venniro, the club had to close because the property owner wants to put a new retail development on the land that is right in the .

So Venniro purchased all the important aspects of the landmark nightspot in hopes that the loyal customers will migrate a few miles south to his bar.

"Tell people if they're wondering what happened to New York New York, it's at the Banana Boat, and all the customers followed," Venniro said.

david j. abramski September 13, 2012 at 05:42 AM
where do we go now ? we come every 6 months and LOVE OLD NEW YORK NEW YORK...can any one tell me where every body goes now ? djabramski88@gmail.com .....thanks...dave
Rich October 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
NY NY WAS GREAT..... .No kids, a Mature We'll Dressed Crowd,Decent Prices, Good Music. A Nice place To Meet a Nice Lady. Enjoy Yourself And Go Home feeling That the World Remembers Your Age Group. Will Miss The Ole Spot.
dede jerry February 13, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Aww I will miss that place
Richee February 15, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Tell the friggin truth....All the blacks came and took it over looking for easy fat white women and they dont spend no money so it had to close before someone got shot..I was there the last days of this club and all the regulars were long gone because of this
kitkat June 05, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Yep Richee unfortunately you are right about the black guys looking for stupid fat white chicks that were loosers. What is up with that anyhow. Doesn't that piss of the black girls that the fat white ones are preferred. anyhow we do miss that nasty ole place anyhow no other place to go to dance. The Zo doesn't want the age group there that went to NY NY Why I don't know we got the money to spend and we don't misbehave

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