Magazine August 2, 2010, Issue

This Cup Is Empty

Soccer fans watch a World Cup match in New York City, June 26, 2010. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

A waiter I know is a Copt, so I am disposed to like him; he already has enough problems. But he asked me if I would be following “the mondial.” I didn’t know what he meant, so he explained: the World Cup. I felt my affection draining away.

This year the World Cup took over the city. There was always a nest of soccer-friendly bars on lower West Broadway, where the tunnel people cross it on their return to Jersey. But this year bar owners and restaurateurs citywide caught on to the good thing. Which of course was a bad thing. Door

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