Friday, October 17, 2008

Noir Heaven!

This fabulous hunk of neon and chrome love has been serving up brews since 1937, and it looks as if some of the original patrons haven't left their bar stools since it opened.
The red walls are battered and the lumpy, the red-leather booths slope toward the center of the room, where the floor is covered with original checkered tile. Odd knickknacks (Godzilla doll, wooden ships) covered in decades of dust fill the shelves.

Okay, this isn’t the kind of place trendy hipsters with two day fuzz and their peachy cream girlfriends on their way back from Brown would deign to spend an evening, but for we lovers of history and reality in NYC, this place is the most. The landlord owns the building, so the Subway Inn (located across from Bloomingdales should you desire a shot post-shopping), ain’t going nowhere.

10 comments:

Laurie said...

Well now, you KNOW this is right up my alley. I love this series so much, KM.

www.niamhphotography.com said...

would love have a drink in this place. it looks fab.

Wayne said...

I get a real kick out of these nostalgia shots Ken. Good work, another classic.

marley said...

I'm glad to hear that this place won't be going, unless the landlord is offered enough money!

The neon signs and interior just say 70's/80's new York to me. Great post.

jill said...

Fascinating post Ken.

EV Grieve said...

A bar in my top-10...great stuff, Ken.

Mame said...

I can picture Bukowski at the bar. Nice one.

Fredrik said...

I'd definitely pay a visit to that place. Great pics!

Virginia said...

Love this great old place. I want to come to NYC and go with you to this place. I just love it, slanty booths and all!

Johnny said...

I was there last Tuesday after work. VERY charming joint. Had a buncha Buds in bottles. As you would imagine it was inexpensive. Bartenders pretty attentive. Mixture of blue collar and suits. Jukebox music pretty loud. All around good time was had.