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Christen Salinas, left, works as a bartender at the family owned Subway Inn Bar on Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 in New York. The Subway Inn, one of Manhattan's infamous dive bars, is set to close later this month to make way for high-end luxury condos. But the family that has run the 77-year-old bar for the past 40 years is not going down easy. They are calling on the city to declare the building a landmark and stop the wrecking ball. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Subway Inn, old-time NYC dive bar, facing eviction
Redevelopment » Marilyn Monroe figures prominently in bar’s eight decades of lore.
First Published Aug 14 2014 06:04 pm • Last Updated Aug 14 2014 06:04 pm

New York • A dive bar that’s been open on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for almost eight decades is facing eviction, and the family that owns it is asking for help to keep that from happening.

The owners of the Subway Inn say they got a call last month telling them building owner World-Wide Holdings Corp. wanted them out by Aug. 20.

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World-Wide owns much of the block where the bar is, across the street from Bloomingdales. The real estate developer issued a statement saying it had always made it clear that redeveloping the area was the intended goal.

The Subway, with its bright neon sign and checkerboard floor, has long been a neighborhood hangout. Part of the bar’s lore is that Marilyn Monroe would stop in when she was filming "The Seven Year Itch."




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