UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — The Subway Inn, a beloved Manhattan dive bar that’s been serving up drinks since 1937, will close next month, the bar announced Thursday on its Facebook page.
The Subway Inn plans to relocate, but has not revealed where, the bar announced. A bartender, Steven, told PIX11 News that no decision has been made on an exact location. Steven said they have their eye on two or three places in the neighborhood and have to “put their heads together.”
The bar, at 143 E. 60th St., is located across from Bloomingdale’s flagship store.
Yelp reviewers extoll the bar as teeming with character — a true dive in an increasingly homogenized New York. It wasn’t immediately clear why the bar is closing, though the matter has been the subject of much speculation.
Four portraits of Marilyn Monroe hang in the bar, as the famous bombshell is said to have frequented the bar with her second husband, Joe DiMaggio. Steven said a diamond-shaped mirror is behind the chair where Monroe used to sit.
Steven said plans for the future of the famed neon sign -- whose fate has worried bloggers and others -- will be posted on the bar's Facebook page.