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LFC play AC Milan (Pre Season Tour) in the ICC on Sunday, July 31st 2016 at 10:00pm EST.
The match will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel. We will be watching at the 11th Street Bar. Join us!

Our initial days of watching LFC in New York required early starts, reliable satellite systems and reliable bar owners (no tv coverage). Having found a bar that was 1) open as advertised and 2) could acquire the satellite signal, the matchday experience usually involved loud, boorish cockneys and ten-a-penny non-manc mancs.

It was against this backdrop that the need for LFC supporters to come together was realized and at the start of the 1995/6 season, Liverpool Football Club Supporters Club, New York (LFCNY) was born. At the first meeting, in Cleary’s on Third Avenue and 33rd Street, Dave Brenner, Paul Dackombe and Sean Woods were duly elected to run the club. Daragh Kennedy took on the role of club president, in our inaugural year, a role he still maintains today.

It was important to establish ourselves in a bar that was not only welcoming of the revenue but supportive of our goals to provide access to the match and to other Liverpool supporters. We wandered in the desert for a few years until we reached the Promised Land – 11th St Bar. The formative years also saw the production of a literally hand produced fanzine “25th of May” (our homage to The Glory That Was Rome 1977, and in Sean’s opinion, LFC’s greatest moment; it was also a match attended by Dave, Paul and Sean long before they ever met in New York).

The other staple of club membership, or hook, was a free LFCNY t-shirt when you signed up. These shirts became sought after items around the globe. In Baltimore for the pre-season against Spurs this summer, we bumped into a lady from Connecticut wearing the iconic Brenner-Burge-Deakin white-on-red NY skyline design from over 10 years ago. The banner was another milestone in the club’s identity and it has been proudly displayed throughout North America and Europe.

The club has admirably moved with the times – online, social media, podcasts, merchandise, etc. Many, many dedicated reds have donated time, effort and money to keep it going. You are all sons and daughters of Shankly. We are continually moved by the ecstatic highs and tragic lows that are inextricably woven into the fabric of the great Liverpool Football Club; we have raised funds for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and theHillsborough to Anfield Run, participated in the overthrow of Hicks and Gillett as well as Steve Cohen and built strong relationships with Reclaim The Kop (John Mackin) and Spirit of Shankly (the late Paul Rice). We have also become very involved in the community and have led many food and coat drives, and raised money for a local soccer club, Downtown United Soccer Club, which provides youngsters in New York’s poorer neighborhoods, an opportunity to play football at no expense to them or their families.

We urge everyone to ensure our tradition of support and activism continues.

For 10 years, LFCNY have been based at the 11th Street Bar in the East Village, and this is still our home.  From 2014 onwards, however, we are delighted to partner with The Grafton (1st Ave and 7th Street) We also have partner bars in Brooklyn (The Monro) and Queens (The Celli House).  Additionally, we are very excited to announce that we also will be partnering with Prost Grill and Garten in Garden City, who are our first Long Island affiliated partner bar.  We’ve also partnered with a bar in New Jersey – The Cottage Bar in Teaneck.  See below for details

All of the bars will broadcast every Premier League game live and almost every cup game as well.  If we can find it, we’ll show it.

The 11th Street Bar on 11th street between Avenue A & B is the long standing home of the New York Liverpool Supporters Club.  Although we have expanded LFCNY’s capacity with new bars, membership is still handled at the 11th Street (on match days).

The bars typically opens 60-90 minutes prior to each game. Anyone can come to the bar, but if you are under 21, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For big games, we would always recommend getting to the bar as early as possible to gain entry, especially in the 11th Street.

Believe it or not, the 11th Street Bar itself is becoming quite famous in Liverpool and is on the list of tourist attractions for visiting fans. On game days the fans tend to be exclusively Liverpool fans, though opposing fans are also very welcome. Many have even been known to get out alive! The fans are not shy about venting their opinions and the atmosphere is always friendly. The ages have ranged from 6 days (and dressed in a Liverpool shirt!) to somewhere north of 80 (we were too polite to ask) and we get an almost even split of men and women. Game days are well worth the visit, especially the big games with all the singing, chanting, and excitement associated with football, sorry… soccer, wafting out of the bar.

If you want to bring some memorabilia that’s cool, but unless it’s really spectacular, it may not go on the wall due to space limitations. However we do raffle off all memorabilia for charity and club funds about twice a year.

Parking around the 11th Street and The Grafton is attainable, particularly if you arrive early. The Avenues (A,B,C, 1st etc.) have Mini Meters that you can park at for up to an hour for 50 cents for every ten minutes. There is no charge for parking on Sunday’s. There is free parking on the numbered streets (10th, 11th, 12th etc.) but spaces usually are limited. If all else fails, there is a parking lot on 11th Street between Avenue A and B that usually charges about $20 to park for the duration of a game.

To get to the bars by subway, you can take the A,C,E,1,2,3,F,M,N,Q,R,4,5,6 to their respective 14th Street stations and transfer to the L subway going east towards Brooklyn. Get off at 1st avenue (at 14th Street), walk south to get to The Grafton and (of course) the 11th Street.

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All of our partner bars are available to follow on Social Media if you’re looking for some more information:

11th Street bar – Facebook / Twitter

The Grafton – Facebook / Twitter

 

LFCNY bars in the 5 Boroughs, Long Island, and New Jersey

If you’re outside of Manhattan, and want to stay local (or the subway isn’t running) please check out our partner bars.  We’d recommend calling ahead to make sure they’re open, especially for the early games:

The Monro (Park Slope – 5th Ave & 11th – 718-499-2005)

Facebook /Twitter

The Ceili House (Maspeth, Queens- 6956 Grand Ave – 718-424-3178)

Facebook 

Prost Grill and Garten (Garden City- 652 Franklin, Ave – 516-427-5215)

Twitter

The Cottage Bar (178 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ – 201-692-0016)

Facebook

New York has a bewildering variety of bars, restaurants and other attractions.  To help you sort the Dalglishs from the Koncheskys, here are some personal recommendations from LFCNY members.

Jack Sheahan

LFC supporter since a semester in London, spring 1992. LFCNY member since 1997, or was it ’98?
Recommendations: And these are FREE:Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. From the Manhattan side, the closest subway stop is “Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall” on the lower east side, but all the stops on the other lines are a relatively close walk. When you are mid-span, stop, look around…. all those big buildings climbing into the sky. But remember, at the time the Bridge was built, its two massive stone towers were the tallest structures in NYC. We’ve come a long way since then, eh?
Ride the Staten Island Ferry. ALL the subway stops at the south end of Manhattan are very close to the terminal. You get on the Ferry, which takes you across New York harbor, past the Statue of Liberty, which will be on the right side of the boat as it goes past. When you arrive in Staten Island, get off the ferry, and “come around” back into the waiting area from which you can re-board the ferry for the trip back into Manhattan. As you are coming back, Brooklyn is you to your right. And the lower Manhattan skyline seems to explode straight out of the water. Well worth it.
Walk “The Mall” in Central Park to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Both locations are considered “mid-park” so subway stops are a bit of a distance. If you enter the Park from “Strawberry Fields”, you will be on the Park’s West Drive. Cross the drive, and walk east on the “72nd Street Transverse”. You will eventually get to the Terrace and Fountain. To the south, is The Mall, which you will likely recognize from the movies in which it has been included. And remember, the Park may seem like a natural oasis, but everything around you was purposefully put there. The Park was built, starting during the Civil War, the mid-1860′s.
Restaurant Recommendation: Sorry, NOT FREE.

  1. Keen’s Steakhouse, located at 72 West 36th Street in Manhattan. Phone: (212) 947-3636 It’s been a NYC dining establishment since 1885!!!! The ceiling is lined with the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world!!! For what it’s worth, I’ve eaten there probably 20 times, and never been disappointed. It’s a bit expensive, but you’re in NYC, and this place is extraordinary. If you’re going, let me know, my wife and I might join you.
  2. Zum Schneider, a traditional German beer hall, right in the East Village. Maybe if you need to stretch your legs during a visit to the 11th Street Bar, check out “Zoom”. It’s located at Avenue C and East 7th Street. Big liters of beer, sausage, pretzels, long tables, you get the idea. Worth a visit, but remember your cash, no credit cards accepted.

Alan Leamey (@alanleamey)

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to New York, 3 times. I first went when I was 21 with 2 friends.  And most recently in 2013 when I married my now wife in Central Park.
My wife having lived in Anfield before moving a few miles to start our own home in Croxteth Park. We are both British and live in Liverpool but fell in love with New York through cinema and tv.
My great grandad’s used to sail on the White Star Line RMS Adriatic in the 30′s and tell my grandfather tales of New York. He unfortunately never got to go in his lifetime.
If I can recommend anything for a travelling Liverpool fan to do whilst in New York, it’s to travel on the Staten Island Ferry.  A trip on the ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island has breathtaking views of the city, Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
When at Staten Island hop straight back on the ferry, grab a beer from the bar and stand at the front of the vessel. You will travel back over to Manhattan on near enough the same route my grandfathers took as they entered the city. And the best part about it is; it’s completely free to travel.  America is of course the land of the free and home of the brave.
And as you approach the skyscrapers, the warm sun glistening on panes of glass and reflecting onto your face, be it 1930 or 2014 you will feel a world of opportunity present itself to you. Be that on the streets of New York, or ’round the fields of Anfield Road.

Sriram Satish ()

Governor’s Island – A little island positioned just south of Manhattan, it’s a little sanctuary for those of us that live in the city, with large swaths of grass, trees and a great view. Open 7 days a week, the island is accessible by ferry from numerous points in Brooklyn (weekends only) and Manhattan, the easiest being the ferry terminal downtown at the Battery Maritime Building (10 South St, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry terminal – $2 for a roundtrip ticket). Once on the island, you can rent bikes or walk around to enjoy the scenery, enjoy the numerous food trucks that come on the weekends or enjoy some of the many special events that take place at the Governor’s Beach Club or other venues on the island.  Well worth a visit for a few hours if you’re tired of the concrete jungle! More information, including ferry schedule and list of events can be found here:http://www.govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml
Nightlife – If you’re looking for clubs NYC has some of the best in the country. Some are grungy and underground, others are posh and fancy, while still others fall in between. Every weekend you’re sure to find some of the biggest DJs in the world spinning in the city so you won’t go wrong wherever you go. Cover charges and drinks are pricy, so make sure you either budget a fair amount for the night out, or have a nice pre-drinks event before going! My personal favorites include Cielo, which is a small venue in the Meatpacking district on the west side of Manhattan, as well Lavo, which is in midtown. If you’re looking for a British flair, check out Sankeys near Herald Square (yes, the same Sankeys from Manchester and Ibiza is now open here!) – hands down best sound system at any nightclub in NYC.

Nathan Smith

Smorgasburg – getting out of Manhattan, and away from Times Square, is one of the best parts of visiting NYC.  At the weekend take the ferry to Brooklyn and check outSmorgasburg.  Every kind of food you can imagine, great people watching, and phenomenal views of the Manhattan skyline.
Nitehawk cinema – want to take in a movie, while waiters bring you good food and strong liquor? Nitehawk shows a range of classic movies and new releases, as well as special screenings.  Menus are tailored to the film, the cocktails are flawless, and the head chef is an LFC fan.

Chris Andrade

The Coffee Shop, 29 Union Square West – Open late.  Bar/Restaurant.  Good food, good prices – even the fish and chips are good!  Coffee Shop-style food with a Brazilian twist.  I love the pao de queijo (cheese bread) and plantains (salty or sweet).
Food Trucks:  Kebabs on 11th Street and First Avenue, right across from the Mosque.  One LFCNY member swears they are the best in the city.  Empanadas on 14th Street between Third Avenue and Irving Place.  Great meat patties, fresh and hot.
Porchetta & Butter Lane, East 7th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A:  Roast pork sandwiches on ciabatta bread, a Roman speciality.  The roasted potatoes are great too.  And cupcakes (right across the street) – you mix and match the frosting and cake flavors.  A lot of seasonal choices.
Artichoke Pizza, 14th Street between Second & First Avenue:  Open late; also serves large size Budweiser.  Specialty pizza is artichokes in a cream sauce but the regular marinara is good too.
Planet Rose, 219 Avenue A (between 13th & 14th):  Conveniently located near the 11th Street and Percy’s bars.  Open mike karaoke; only pay for the drinks.  Dive bar atmosphere.  11th Streeters have been known to show up and sing Liverpool songs there….
Great pizza:  1) Gruppo Pizza, 186 Avenue B – and excellent salads.  A bit expensive but authentic Italian-style pizza.  2)  11B, 174 Avenue B (at 11th St).  Very good New York style pizza.  You can order in from the 11th Street bar.

Denise Vasel (Hells’ Kitchen)

Italian Food: Da Tommaso 8th ave between 53rd and 54th.  Classic Italian food that anyone from this area grew up with.  The cheese ravioli special is homemade and always a winner.  A trendier place with more of a wine bar feel is Bocca di Baco on 9th between 54th and 55th (they also have locations on 9th between 45th and 46th and one somewhere in Chelsea).  It is louder and has a smaller menu, but one of the best wine selections I have seen.  La Rivista on 46th between 8th and 9th (restaurant row) is also a solid choice with a prix-fixe, but i would recommend reservations if you are going between 6 and 8 as the pre theater crowd is there at that time.
Pizza:  My go to place is a Fat Sal’s a hole in the wall on 50th and 10th.  The slices are giant and extra cheesy.  Don’t let the dingy interior fool you!
Local Bar:  Bar 9 on 9th between 53rd and 54th is my go to local place.  it’s super chill, and they have pool and 80s video games.  The beer is decently priced, and the tacos are awesome (according to my buddy who grew up eating his mom’s mexican home cooking.)  They also have tater tots, which are just magic.
Greek:  The Greek Kitchen on 10th between 57 and 58th.  Not as authentic as the places you will find in Astoria, but a nice little place that has a real family feel.  The Greek Fries are extra yummy.
Food Truck:  The Halal Guys usually on 52nd or 53rd and 6th ave.  There can be a line halfway down the block if you go at mealtime, but it’s totally worth it.  Some of the best street food in the city.

Fixtures in bold will be shown at The 11th Street Bar. Come along!
OPPONENTCOMPETITIONDATECHANNEL
AC Milan (Pre Season Tour)ICCSun Jul 31, 2016
10:00pm
Fox Soccer Channel
Roma (Pre Season Tour)ICCTue Aug 2, 2016
7:35pm
FS1
Barcelona (Wembley)ICCSat Aug 6, 2016
12:15pm
FS1
Arsenal (A)Premier LeagueSun Aug 14, 2016
11:00am
NBC SN
Burnley (A)Premier LeagueSat Aug 20, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Tottenham Hotspur (A)Premier LeagueSat Aug 27, 2016
7:30am
NBC SN
Leicester City (H)Premier LeagueSat Sep 10, 2016
12:30pm
NBC SN
Chelsea (A)Premier LeagueFri Sep 16, 2016
3:00pm
NBC SN
Hull City (H)Premier LeagueSat Sep 24, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/ NBC SN Extra Time
Swansea City (A)Premier LeagueSat Oct 1, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Manchester United (H)The Eternal Battle between Good and Evil (Permier League)Sat Oct 15, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN
West Bromwich Albion (H)Premier LeagueSat Oct 22, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN
Crystal Palace (A)Premier LeagueSat Oct 29, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Watford (H)Premier LeagueSat Nov 5, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/ NBC SN Extra Time
Southampton (A)Premier LeagueSat Nov 19, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN
Sunderland (H)Premier LeagueSat Nov 26, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Bournemouth (A)Premier LeagueSat Dec 3, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
West Ham United (H)Premier LeagueSat Dec 10, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Middlesbrough (A)Premier LeagueWed Dec 14, 2016
2:45pm
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Everton (A)Premier LeagueSat Dec 17, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Stoke City (H)Premier LeagueMon Dec 26, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Manchester City (H)Premier LeagueSat Dec 31, 2016
10:00am
NBC SN
Sunderland (A)Premier LeagueMon Jan 2, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Manchester United (A)Premier LeagueSat Jan 14, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN
Swansea City (H)Premier LeagueSat Jan 21, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN/ NBC SN Extra Time
Chelsea (H)Premier LeagueWed Feb 1, 2017
3:00pm
NBC SN
Hull City (A)Premier LeagueSat Feb 4, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Tottenham Hotspur (H)Premier LeagueSat Feb 11, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN
Leicester City (A)Premier LeagueSat Feb 25, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Arsenal (H)Premier LeagueSat Mar 4, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN/NBC SN Extra Time
Burnley (H)Premier LeagueSun Mar 12, 2017
11:00am
NBC SN
Manchester City (A)Premier LeagueSat Mar 18, 2017
10:00am
NBC SN

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A fight worth fighting, a battle that needed winning.

It was the LFCNY that made it happen; or more exactly it was the Brains’ Trust of the LFCNY. For those who are recent to the LFCNY, I’m guessing it will come as a surprise that such a thing – a Brains’ Trust – ever existed.  It’s possibly even a bigger surprise to learn that it engineered an unprecedented boycott which has been tried here and there since, with varying degrees of success, but none as successful as that of the LFCNY. But an LFCNY Brains’ Trust? Do tell…

 

The story starts with Hillsborough in 1989, where 96 souls paid with their lives for the simple act of supporting their team. Over 700 required hospitalization. 96 perished on a bright spring day in South Yorkshire. Before the sun had set, the cover-up had begun. It was all their own fault, we were told. Or the fault of the injured, it was said. Or the survivors, the whispers rustled. Liverpool people knew the truth, proclaimed it frequently, were backed up by the Taylor Report and yet… And yet, there were those who continued to lie and repeat about what happened.

 

By 2009, before the Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP), anyone who wanted to know the truth about Hillsborough had just to ask, read and comprehend. It wasn’t even hiding in plain sight, it was in plain sight. And what Liverpool and right-thinking people knew was confirmed by the HIP, explosively blowing apart the deceit, the cover up, the lies, the intentional infliction of pain and anguish.

 

2009 was a different time. Social media was still in its infancy, email was the way people communicated, mainstream media (TV, radio, print) ruled the roost. 2009 was also a different time for me; I had received the dreaded phone call that all of us who live overseas fear. My mother had cancer and would not survive. Her life was being measured in weeks, months if we were lucky. I was therefore sitting at home in Ireland when the first reports started filtering through. Some guy, some radio/internet shock-jock had taken to lying and trolling about the 96 on air. This guy – Steven Cohen – had a satellite radio show, a very successful podcast and a show on Fox Soccer. This was no ordinary guy, no ordinary troll, no ordinary merchant of hate. He had a large megaphone and was knowingly spewing lies about Hillsborough and the 96.

What bothered me at the time (still does) was twofold. Firstly, he was causing tremendous hurt to the families, survivors and fans in the trite cause of ratings and making a name for himself. Secondly, soccer was then bubbling under in the national consciousness in the US. It had its dedicated core of followers and was slowly reaching critical mass garnering new fans every day. Steven Cohen’s media shows were largely the only, or at least the most visible, game in town and this new audience was being gleefully fed lies about how and why 96 people died. The dead cannot answer for themselves.

 

At the time I was the VP of the LFCNY; my background is in media, communications, PR. The committee of the LFCNY threw around ideas how to answer the lies this hate merchant was spewing and we decided that I’d spearhead a subcommittee to push back. Steven Cohen had a radio show with Fortune 500 sponsors, a very successful podcast and a weekly show on Fox Soccer; I had a 6-year-old laptop with a broadband connection (sometimes) at the corner of my Mom’s kitchen table in Ireland. Our stated aim was to get him off the air – radio and TV.

Thus was born the Brains’ Trust of the LFCNY. Along the way, we made some very useful allies – Tony Ananins, Mel Abshier and a whole host of supporting characters. Liverpool Football Club weighed in, as did the Hillsborough groups and Chelsea FC. We chipped away here, a little bit there and some more around the corner.

My Mom died in early June, sadly, and I still miss her. As I returned to New York later that month, I was determined that the LFCNY’s mission would not fail. We owed it to too many. Especially those who could not speak for themselves.

Tony Ananins and the Brains’ Trust worked hard, very hard, knocking off a sponsor here, cementing an ally there. One foot in front of the other, never getting ahead of ourselves. We made sure the other side was always answering never leading.

In the end, 4 months after we began, the clunky laptop with a dodgy broadband connection won the day, the LFCNY Brains’ Trust won the day; Steven Cohen lost his radio show, his TV show, his podcast. He still maintains we killed our own, that drunken, ticketless fans have the blood of 96 on their hands. But we know differently. And the world now knows differently. And better. And more. He’s not listened to much anymore, having blended into obsolescence, just one of millions and millions with a Twitter feed now.

The LFCNY Brains’ Trust retired itself towards the back end of 2009. While its role has been mentioned here and there in a few interviews, I’m not certain that the members have ever been properly recognized. Tony Ananins (an honorary Brains’ Trust member) was with me on the front line, but without the fantastic work and support of Michael Duggan, Chris Cummings, Daragh Kennedy and Mike Bains, this fight would not have been won. And considering the odds when we started, it’s a testament to the power, belief and worth of the LFCNY, a huge badge of honor. It was a fight worth fighting, a battle that needed winning.

Conor Brennan

Former VP LFCNY

Friday January 22nd 2016

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