A city with so many people and so much congestion is bound to create some gross conditions. But did you ever wonder how much of that grossness managed to make it into environments that are required by law to be clean? Lucky for everyone that the Observer sent a team of interns to collect swab samples from the bars of twenty popular New York establishments and then had them tested for bacteria. The mostly good news is that even in August, which is a busy month for bacteria, popular spots like the Spotted Pig, the Boom Boom Room and Monkey Bar all tested out clean or mostly clean, with only mild traces of benign pathogens or yeast being found.
The oral or vaginal yeast found on the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel was only somewhat concerning, while the worst offenders from the investigation were Scores (feces, vaginal yeast), the Cubby Hole (Staph), and surprisingly, the Breslin ( E. coli, feces), results that would give a skittish germophobe pause before visiting. But Dr. Philip Tierno, who analyzed the results, is quick to point out that, "if you do have fecal organisms, maybe you don't blame the bar, you blame the people who go to the bar."
· How Clean Are New York's Nightspots? [Observer]
· Gross Outs [~ENY~]