Interesting. The loss of life in both instances was TERRIBLE. We watched the Long Island nightclub fire story on the TV outside last night at Webster Hall when the news was on. Here in NYC I remember the Happyland incident of years ago too, and how that marked the beginning of the "crackdown" era in some respects. And the Chicago matter -- the idea of actually being trampled to death is really horrifying. An additional sad result of these tragedies (albeit less important than the loss of life) will probably be yet another excuse for club crackdowns, as if there aren't enough already. You'll see the usual public outrage from neighbors and community activists, lawsuits, etc. That will trickle to NYC naturally. Between smoking bans, drug raids, meddling community boards, draconian cabaret laws, etc how will nightlife cope?