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New York, New York: Famous Speakeasy Door 86

Chumley's speakeasy had a blank door with only the street number, 86. It became the slang term "86'd" for getting rid of something -- such as Chumley's customers, who would run out a back alley when the cops arrived.

86 Bedford St., New York, NY
One block west of 7th Ave., on the east side of Bedford St. just north of its intersection with Barrow St.
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Number 86 - door to Chumley's.

Chumley's: NYC Speakeasy

Chumley's Bar at 86 Bedford Street was a famous Greenwich Village speakeasy during Prohibition. There has never been a sign with the Chumley's name on it. The address, 86, became the slang term "86'd" for getting rid of something -- in this case Chumley's customers, who would disappear out a back alley whenever the police arrived. The alley is visible around the corner on Barrow Street.

[Gary Spino, 09/29/2019]

This was a fun local hangout as recently as the early 2000s -- customers entered and exited through the back alley -- but it closed in 2007. Now it's a reservation-only restaurant, and the door's best side is the outside.

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