Friday, May 29, 2020



Another small-business casualty of the coronavirus shutdown, Foley's pub on West 33rd has closed for good.

This afternoon, owner Shaun Clancy posted a sad video on Twitter to say,  "Foley's won't reopen. Just with everything that's going on, there's just no way that I see that we can do it."

He thanks his customers and family, and concludes, "This is the end of the inning, but not the end of the game."

Foley's, located in an antique barroom featuring many original features, overflows with a stunning array of baseball memorabilia.

I've enjoyed a few burgers there over the years and once got an impromptu tour from Shaun's father, John Clancy, who pointed out the pistol he got from mobster Frank Costello and told about his days working at Toots Shor's, serving Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason.

Foley's was a true New York original. Pour one out.


Chris Harcum said...

This is very sad. My wife and I first saw each other in Foley's just over 10 years ago in March. Through a bunch of twists, we had spent the earlier part of the evening where the other person had planned to be that morning. That night in 2010 was the last time Ringling Bros. ran their elephants across 34th Street to go to MSG. (We named our theater company Elephant Run District in honor of that.) We were planning on going there for our "when we met" anniversary but we were in lockdown due to the coronavirus. Just a solid bar full of baseball goodies. Last time I was there, I ordered a Guinness. The waitress asked if I wanted "a proper pint." When she brought it over, I realized how downsized beer pints have become.

BKNY said...

Hi - No disrespect to Foley's (RIP), but I was looking for a way to share a pic of a different very old small biz that is surviving, and I cannot figure out how to do that. Noticing that their door was open for the first time in quite a while, I took a photo of the Lexington Candy Shop Luncheonette on the corner of 83d and Lex just this afternoon. If you would like to have it, let me know how and I will get it to you. Thanks for noting, recording and memorializing all that you do. Very valuable work.

I hate New Things said...

This is truly a sting in the tail! Having worked across the street in the Empire State Building for a company which went from good to bad to ugly, this completes the circle. Foley's was nothing but great service and product. It had a constant professional staff which went above and beyond! As a native New Yorker, Foley's was a beacon in the truly lousy atmosphere of today's Herald Square. I mourn the loss of a great non pretentious bar!