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Sports fans infuse this UES bar with a broad swath of allegiance—from Yankees and Giants die-hards to a transplanted herd of Texas Longhorns who call the bar their home away from home. College banners and memorabilia line the walls at the Backpage, including signed photos of the first and last pitch of Don Larson's perfect game in 1956 plus an immense replication of the scoreboard at Boston's Fenway Park (which stat savants might recognize as depicting the bottom of the ninth of the 1978 game in which Bucky Dent's homer sent the Yanks to the playoffs). There are enough TVs and jumbo projection screens to illuminate the bar with the glow of satellite sports alone. And wherever there's not a TV or a piece of history, there’s a mirror, making the distractions visible from just about any angle. The mostly male crowd—wearing everything from suits to team jerseys—scarf their buffalo wings (the self-proclaimed best in the city) while lamenting fantasy football rosters or hooting and clapping after big plays. A private party room downstairs feels like a well-worn rec room, with a chipped floor painted outfield green and a pool table, foosball set, and dart board.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.