Famed NYC Baseball Bar Permanently Closed, Owner Says

Dan Mennella
May 29, 2020 - 1:24 pm

One of New York City's iconic watering holes says it is shutting down for good due to the coronavirus crisis.

Foley's NY, the famous baseball-themed bar across from the Empire State Building on 33rd Street, will not reopen even when the pandemic is over, owner Shaun Clancy said in a video posted on social media.

"Foley's won't reopen, just with everything that's going on. There's just no way I see how we can do it. I really don't know what to say, except to thank you all for all you've done. Foley's was always about people. .. I appreciate everything you guys have done for me. Too many to people to thank, but I want to thank my staff. .. Anybody who's ever worked for me, thank you all."

The Irish pub, which first shut down in March, was best known for its impressive collection of memorabilia -- including walls covered in autographed baseballs, displayed conspicuously in protective plastic cubes.

More proper sports bar than glitzy hot spot, Foley's nonetheless was a must-visit for New Yorkers and interlopers alike, and was often frequented by both diehard sports fans, athletes, sports journalists, and the occasional sports-loving celebrity.

"Thank you for one last time. All I'll say is, this is the end of the inning, but not the end of the game," Foley said.

Foley bought the bar, then known as P.G. Kings, in 2004, The Athletic reported last month.

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