Judge halts eviction of old-time dive bar Subway Inn

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — The Subway Inn has been saved — at least for another week.

The dive bar open on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for almost eight decades is facing eviction, and family that owns it asked for help to keep that from happening.

A civil court judge this week granted a temporary restraining order and ceased all eviction proceedings, the bar announced on its Facebook page Tuesday.

“We know that this is just the first step in a very long and hard David Vs. Goliath Fight; however, we are confident that in the end justice prevails and the Subway Inn will be spared from the wrecking ball,” the message read.

All parties will return to court on Aug. 27 when the landlord is expected to make its case for eviction, said Claude Castro, attorney for the Subway Inn.

Castro said it’s not uncommon for a judge to put a hold on eviction proceedings, adding that there were “numerous procedural and other errors” that facilitated the halt, namely that the original eviction papers were address to the building’s former tenant.

The owners of the Subway Inn said they received a call last month telling them building owner World-Wide Holdings Corp. wanted them out by Wednesday.

The bar’s owners have been on short-term leases since 2006 and were under the impression they would stay in their current location at least until February 2015, Castro said.

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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