People watched and cheered to the news that Osama bin Laden was dead in pubs around Studio City.
The big screen TVs were tuned to the news as soon as Tweets reached the bartenders. in Studio City, in North Hollywood,all had their TVs turned to the news.
At the British pub in Studio City, that just got finished days of celebrating the, the mood was rather subdued, and more people were tuned in to a football game in the corner rather than President Obama’s speech (and that’s football, as in soccer.)
“It was great news, and I was glad to watch it with friends,” said local party planner Jen DeBejare at Maeve’s Residuals.
The colorful crowd at thein the Tujunga Village area of Studio City watched around the active pool tables. Jim Trace, who had been coming to the Starlite for eight years, and brings his own pool stick, said the news broke just before his game started.
A performer, Dani Armstrong, actually performed in both Afghanistan and Iraq for troops. Her five-girl band with Purrfect Angelz, tour for the troops and sing classic rock and roll, sometimes on the backs of flatbed trucks.
“This is going to allow many people in Manhattan to sleep better,” Armstrong said. “That’s the best part of the news.”
Scott Tyler was meeting his friend Aaron Cohen at the Starlite. The news came on, but Cohen heard about it from a friend calling him.
“It’s good news,” Tyler said.
“But it’s not going to change anything, not at all,” Cohen predicted.
In the corner of the Starlite, a self-professed “off-the-beaten-path" character, Al Cella, said he is a conspiracy theorist who believes 9-11 was “an inside job.”
Nevertheless, he said, “Osama was a bad guy, and I guess it’s a good thing he’s gone.”