Sigh. We can't believe we missed the days of yore, when NYC was home to all things somehow simultaneously grimy and glamorous. When you could get nearly pummeled to a beautiful, punk death in a mosh pit one night then nearly drown in glitter the next one. Doesn't sound safe? Well that's just how life was in pre-Giuliani NYC - adrenaline inducing. Forget the sparklers in watered down vodka bottles of today and click through to learn about these iconic NYC hotbeds from days past. 

[Studio 54 via Twitter]