best horrible inequity of the smoking ban (2008)


Before the ban, KARMA was a sad little psychedelic rec room on the verge of extinction—empty every night except Saturday, when its worn velvet couches and rum-based "bikinitinis" lured B&Ters. Then Bloomberg slapped the ban on every bar within a 10-block radius—except for Karma, which qualified as a tobacco bar on account of its hookahs. Now it still displays horrendous art and employs profoundly clueless barkeeps, but the place is always open and always packed. And smoky as hell.

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51 1st Ave.
New York NY 10003


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