I made a trip up to the beloved dive bar, on 60th Street near Lexington since 1937, where it still sports one of the most splendid neon signs in town.
The bartender I talked to had the same noncommittal response, saying, “We’ve been ‘closing’ for nine years now, but it hasn’t happened yet.” He had a Zen-like, living-in-the-moment attitude, just taking it easy, one day at a time. “We could close as early as a few months, or it could be years from now. You never know.”
What does it mean? Nothing and everything. The short answer is: Yes, worry. But go while you can, have a few drinks, soak up the atmosphere. Tomorrow, it could be gone..
(via Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: Subway Inn)
Another endangered landmark of my low-rent NYC past.