Billy's, R.I.P.

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  1. MrSteve

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    What ever happend to Kenos on Nassau St? Used to go over there for lunch many many years ago.> Casper

    Looks like it's gone ..here's a site I found. I can date the post but read into it what you will.

    Nassau Bar & Lounge
    (Avg. of 3 reviews) 118 Nassau St. (between Ann & Beeckman St.) 7.7 4.7 8.0 3.7

    Comments - Great looking barmaids in thong bikinis make this financial district "dive" great for anyone looking for a couple drinks and wonderful scenery after a rough day on the market. - P.A.

    Don't be surprised if the place is a sausage fest when you walk in the door. The gorgeous bartenders wearing thongs and skimpy tops give this place the feel of a strip club. The bathrooms are small, allowing for only one at a time. The prices are adequate, with a bottle of Bud going for $4. If after a half hour you are tired of watching Wall Street types ogle the ladies, but have not had your fill of T&A, finish your beer and head to New York Dolls, which is not that far away. - T.B.

    An institution in lower Manhattan. Formerly known as Kenos, this place has been here something like 20-30 yrs. Customers are 99% male. Bartenders are all gorgeous 19 yr olds from Staten Island, with rare exception. They wear bikinis or skimpy outfits and don't mind being ogled by their customers. Occasionally they will dance on the bar and accept tips like a stripper. The place is always crowded for their two for one happy hours. Otherwise Thursday and Friday are the busy nights. There is usually a line for the bathroom. It is a complete dump; one john, no urinals, room for one person only. Worst part of the place for me is closing time. They announce "last call", the barmaids disappear and they close the bar 5 minutes later. I hate being rushed out. - M.T.
    http://www.murphguide.com/bar-reviews-n.htm
  2. Casper

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    How friggin romantic.

    But what happend to it? Still there?
  3. MikitheMilf

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    my husband proposed to me at Kenos.....it was soo romantic...tits everywhere and he pledged his undying love to mine..his bosses so worked there
  4. Casper

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    What ever happend to Kenos on Nassau St? Used to go over there for lunch many many years ago.
  5. MrSteve

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    Originally posted by genius
    ... but there is a correlation between reducing the quality of life crimes and a reduction in crime overall. Turns out that the guy who jumps the subway turnstile has a good probability of being a more serious criminal. Same applies to prostitution.
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    As far as I know there is no real data that shows there is a higher incidence of crime associated with go-go bars compared to regular bars and dance clubs. Also, I'm sure there is more crime associated with rock and rap concerts. Why didn't they shut those down.

    I do apreciate the Times Square renewal. I just think they went too far becasuse they could. >nutsinspades


    I agree they took it too far. I mean if Flash and others are still open why not the customer friendly Billy's? They couldn't afford to pay any fines and lost many customers with the new laws in effect. I went to Billy's for years and never seen any instance of crime or rowdy behavior. If if the rare occurence did happen...that's the same risk with any regular bar or club.
  6. MrSteve

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    The BabyDoll has been closed for quite some time, probably a year.

    Pussycat has an admission price now. I don't think there are any true go-go bars left in Manhattan.> Nutsinspades

    That sucks I hadn't been to that part of the city for some time. Is there any neighborhood type no high priced topless bars left in the city?
  7. genius

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    ....and crime associated with basketball games also.

    I think you hit it on the head when you said "they went too far becasuse[sic] they could". Part of the problem (IMHO) now is the selective enforcement of crimes that upset the moral values of the enforcers or certain groups that the enforcers listen to. Not being able to buy a glass of wine before noon on Sunday does not make the world a better place - yet it probably easier (before 9/11 anyway) to hijack a plane than buy the wine.
    The zeal that Suffolk County went after massage parlors with "a year long investigation" to me is really strange. In the population's mind I would think it was a distant second to perhaps using the police resources to reduce drunks on the road.

    I did not see one letter to the editor in NEWSDAY commenting upon the busts - I assume nobody really cared.

    Anyway - too bad about Billy's.
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  8. nutsinspades

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    Well... based on what I know which admittedly is limited, the crime associated with regular bars and dance clubs is considerably greater than those associated with go-go bars. I'm not talking about large stripclubs. The conservatives just used the excuse to combine cleaning up "quality of life" crimes with individual sexual freedom and businesses associated with sexual freedom. As far as I know there is no real data that shows there is a higher incidence of crime associated with go-go bars compared to regular bars and dance clubs. Also, I'm sure there is more crime associated with rock and rap concerts. Why didn't they shut those down.

    I do apreciate the Times Square renewal. I just think they went too far becasuse they could.
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  9. genius

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    I realize that you are just being sarcastic when you say “root cause” but there is a correlation between reducing the quality of life crimes and a reduction in crime overall. Turns out that the guy who jumps the subway turnstile has a good probability of being a more serious criminal. Arresting the guy when he jumps the turnstile (an easy arrest – very cut and dry) yields all kinds of stuff (open warrants, possession of weapons and drugs, etc) and is a very efficient way of getting him off the streets. Same applies to prostitution.

    That’s why it’s a good idea if you have a “friend” you just picked up from the street in your car, it’s a good idea to be extra careful to obey all the traffic laws while looking for a spot to park, e.g. you and her wearing seat belts, stop at stop signs, speed limit, signal at turns, lights on when using wipers etc. After any deeds you perform do not litter by throwing anything out the window.

    ps. Many times these places shut down because the owners are just bad businessmen.
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  10. nutsinspades

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    The BabyDoll has been closed for quite some time, probably a year.

    Pussycat has an admission price now. I don't think there are any true go-go bars left in Manhattan. But, since crime has decreased they must have been the root cause.
  11. MrSteve

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    Another one bites the dust?

    The two existing clubs I would associate closest to Billy's is
    The Baby Doll Lounge on White Street across from the old Harmony Theater and the Pussycat Lounge on Rector street.>>

    Looks like you can strike the BabyDoll Lounge from the list as well. I drove by there on Thursday night and it was boraded up ..looks like it won't be reopening. Not that it was my favorite place but just another intimate topless place is gone and the ripoff big name joints are popping up all over the place. When all is said and done...The hobbyist scene was much better years ago....at least from the point of what is open in the way of topless clubs and the famous Harmony lap dance venues. <sigh>
  12. MrSteve

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    The last word on Billy's

    Found two interesting sites about Billy's Topless.

    This site is surprising in the price of a painting of Billy's

    http://www.artfordecor.com/img/billystoplessxl.jpg

    Also this site has a picture of a dancer on stage but I'm unable to enlarge it.

    http://www.ishipress.com/topless.htm

    The two existing clubs I would associate closest to Billy's is
    The Baby Doll Lounge on White Street across from the old Harmony Theater and the Pussycat Lounge on Rector street.
  13. mary010100

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    Until recently, the second floor was a Japanese restaurant/ steak house. Never did much business. The second floor is now a lounge. Promoters throw parties there 3-4 times a week. Mostly bohemian East Village types. Was mentioned in an article of best lounges by New York Magazine. Not much to it. Small, cheap furniture, very plain.
    Rumor has it that "the action" takes place on the THIRD floor. Acquaintances claim that girls escort them up there for private sessions. I have spent plenty of time in the bar, but never heard anyone mention the third floor. Although, I often see girls going upstairs even when I know the second floor is closed and no parties are being promoted. Would love to hear if anyone knows anything more.
  14. Casper

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    What's the deal with the PCL's second floor ? I wasthere years ago, when I worked at the WTC :( but never knew there was an upstairs room. So what goes on up there? I recall rollin rocks being $6 or so and the barmaids used to push drinks big time. G-d forbid you held an empty bottle for more than 3 seconds !!!!
    My buddy who first took me to that place used to call it "Silver Door"
    Anyway what goes on up on the second floor level ?
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  15. MrSteve

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    Billy's Topless RIP

    Pussycat Lounge, Greenwich & Rector Sts.
    (Don't get excited, not as good.)

    How did you FIND this thread, anyway????>>>


    I've been to the Pussycat Lounge...you are right not quite the same. The stage is too far away. What I liked most about Billy's was the stage had the girls right on top of you.

    I found the thread by using the search for 'Billy's Toples"
  16. justlooking

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    Pussycat Lounge, Greenwich & Rector Sts.
    (Don't get excited, not as good.)

    How did you FIND this thread, anyway????
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  17. MrSteve

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    Billy's Topless RIP

    thevenerablebede writes:

    a sad sight at "the corner" as billy's is no more; it's been gutted and turned into a faux bagel joint.

    billy's was the only strip club i've been to where the house would buy you a round. sure the beers were $5 but where else could you meet so many f.i.t. girls?>>

    I agree ...Billy's was my favorite local StripClub. The girls had no implants and were basically friendly with the customers. I was there from the 80's when the place featured some very fine dancers.
    Donna Fox
    Megan (lead singer for a punk band called Goldilocks) she was a beautiful blonde - great legs
    And an assortment of very seductive Asian girls.
    So many more whose names escape me but it really took a dive the last few years and it was sad to see what it had become.
    Some artist drew a sketch of the outside of Billy's on a rainy night. The picture was on sale for a few thousand dollars. Surprisingly it's been bought. I will always cherish so many fond memories of Billy's.
    Big Mike the manager who died early
    Milton the old dude that owned the place when Billy passed away
    The waitresses - Alison and Wendy.
    And most of all the hundreds of dancers I had the pleasure of watching there over the years. What I liked most about it was the stage that came right up close to those sitting around it. It gave a close view and three ladies would move down the stage every 10-15 minutes keeping the action going. Ahhh if anyone knows of a similar place to Billy's in the New York area ..I'd be grateful for the 411.

    Steve
  18. Carl M

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    Beer for Bagels- Deal!! My neighbor has a bagel Store in Port Jefferson- make bagels(Boiled) that 50% larger than standard size- they are excellent!!
  19. Hotpuppy

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    SB,
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    take care HP
  20. Slinky Bender

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    So that's why you're so popular with the ladies......