MANHATTAN – The legendary dive bar known as the Subway Inn is on the move for the second time in less than a decade. After being forced from its original location in 2014, the popular Upper East Side hangout is changing locations once again.
The corner of East 61 Street and Second Avenue has been the Subway Inn’s home for the last seven years— however, the iconic neon sign has now been take down and graffiti-covered metal roll-down shutters are locked.
The Subway Inn’s Second Avenue location had recently been posted in commercial real estate listings— noting that the 2,000 square foot space is a turn-key bar and restaurant that is ready to use.
The listing brokers did not return Upper East Site’s request for comment.
Last December, filings with the City’s Department of Buildings revealed the Subway Inn’s building, as well as several others on the block, were going to be demolished— though, those plans were withdrawn last month.
Thankfully, there appears to be far less drama for the popular dive bar this time around as compared to 2014, when the 85-year-old Upper East Side institution faced closure after the landlords at their original location, on East 60th Street near Lexington Avenue, refused to renew their lease.
It’s not clear when the Subway Inn’s new location is opening this time around, but it’s apparently not moving too far away.
The neon sign has been installed just a few storefronts to the north on the same block, closer to the corner of East 61st Street on Second Avenue— so any patrons looking for the old spot will be able to find the new one pretty easily.
Upper East Site has reached out to the Subway Inn for more details regarding their move, however, we have not heard back.