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Industry Bar to Open This Fall in NYC Hell's Kitchen

IndustryI know that many of you fellow New Yorkers will be happy to hear that there is a new watering hole opening, this one coming from my friend Bob Pontarelli, who is a veteran producer of gay nightlife in Manhattan.

Industry, a new bar from Pontarelli and Stephen Heighton, the duo behind Crowbar, Barracuda, Leshko's Restaurant and Elmo Restaurant, will be opening in the coming weeks.

The bar, which is opening on 52nd street between 8th and 9th avenue, is built on the site of a former parking garage.

Says Heighton: "The size of the space was instantly appealing. It was an opportunity and a challenge too good to pass up. We've kept the natural feel of the space which is very masculine and has a lot of elements from the machine age. There is an inherent cool factor in the space that you would find in the clubs of Berlin or Barcelona."

For those of you who are interested, they've also sent along the bar's floor plan, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Interesting- right near Therapy and Posh. Hell's Kitchen has come a long way in 10 years!

    Posted by: Frank | Oct 18, 2010 2:27:46 PM

  2. If you are looking for a good time, look no further. New York's hottest bar is Industry. Promoter Tranny Pontarelli has gone all out and inside is just everything. Lights, psychos, Furbies, screaming babies in Mozart wigs, sunburned drifters with soapsud beards (you know it's that thing where the hobo becomes a rich man so they take the big bubble bath.)

    Posted by: Steffon | Oct 18, 2010 2:43:15 PM

  3. Thank you Steffon! You made my day!

    Posted by: Vince In Weho | Oct 18, 2010 3:09:47 PM

  4. Ok the next queen that has the nerve to say "it is the end of the gay bar" Im gonna punch him in his face.Seriously though,We have Club 57 on 57th street.XL dance bar is opening in that new gay urban resort next year and Now we have Industry coming and I hear District 36 (although a str8 club,will be gay friendly and quite welcoming of gay patrons) and also Sankeys,another new nightclub which Im hearing is rumored to possibly have a gay club night in store.I dont wanna hear another word about how the internet has destroyed the gay bar.There are plenty of us who still enjoy the nightlife and would rather spend a night out on the town,than hooking up with a bunch of nobodies on Craig's List Adam4Adam and Manhunt.There are still many of us who actually get out and live.That said,I will be looking forward to the opening of Industry.

    Posted by: Rocky | Oct 18, 2010 3:37:08 PM

  5. Ehh. Concept sounds formulaic but I guess NY could use another gay bar.

    Posted by: nuflux | Oct 18, 2010 3:40:37 PM

  6. I worked for Steve and Bob one-hundred-million years ago at Crowbar. They were great at it then -- and I'm sure even better now. Congrats gents!

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 18, 2010 3:52:47 PM

  7. New York calls itself the city that never sleeps. Well it likes to go to bed at 4am these days. What happened to all those great after hours ?? It's a shame Allegria doesnt have permanent residency. One or two discos ? What happened to NYC ???

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 18, 2010 4:12:10 PM

  8. @Rocky:

    This issue isn't the end of the New York gay bar, but the end of the gay CLUB, as in a mega club with a big-room dance floor that fits a few thousand men while also offering smaller lounges and dance floors on the side. Those spaces are all but extinct in Gotham. Even John Blair, of Roxy fame and who is behind one of the new Midtown bars, says the big clubs are a thing of the past.

    And with them go the amazing energy, creativity, fashion, superstar DJs (who produce their own mixes), eclectic mix, nightlife performances, light shows, etc. You just can't get that in a bar that holds a mere 200 guys.

    Having said that... I'm quite excited about Industry. Bob and Steve continue to rock NYC, bless em!

    Posted by: Trog | Oct 18, 2010 4:14:40 PM

  9. Pass.

    I don't need another bar that serves $14 martinis

    Posted by: Truth Patrol | Oct 18, 2010 5:37:38 PM

  10. looks like the manhattan version of GUMBO....

    Posted by: Charles | Oct 18, 2010 6:13:41 PM

  11. A new bar? This really is a pr piece, not a good blog entry

    Posted by: tim | Oct 18, 2010 6:25:54 PM

  12. I wonder if they are considering going for any green building certifications for the project. I mean they're already are using a pre-existing site. Ugh I need to see more green gay bars and I'd be so happyyy

    Posted by: Allan in NYC | Oct 18, 2010 10:22:47 PM

  13. Tim are you really naive enough to think Towleroad wasn’t paid for placement of pieces like this, looks like news, sounds like cash in the bank.

    Posted by: John | Oct 19, 2010 7:42:04 AM

  14. Mary Please! You cunts that are going on your little diatribes about how "you dont need another bar" will probably be the first faggots at the bar sipping cocktails the first night the bar opens.NEXT!

    Posted by: Rocky | Oct 30, 2010 8:44:21 AM

  15. I understand Trogg's point but I respectfully disagree about SIZE, queens.

    You can ABSOLUTELY find amazing creative energy in a club with 200 people because that kind of space is not beholden to a million greedy promoters.

    A small club is not pressed to attract a million customers per week just to make rent. What you have instead are people who really WANT to be there, as was the case with Bob & Stephen's first venture, the legendary CROWBAR.

    Best of luck you guys! XOXO

    Posted by: Austin Downey | Nov 3, 2010 5:46:14 AM

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