Subway Inn fighting to stay open, launches petition and crowdfunding campaign (video)
As you may have heard, iconic midtown dive bar Subway Inn is supposed to close after 77 years of slinging booze on August 15. (They have to be out of the space by 8/20.) That may not be the end of the story, hopefully, if the bar’s owners can help it. They have launched a Change.org petition to keep it open:
If you have not heard yet, World-Wide Holdings Corporation who owns our building, and who is worth multi- billions of dollars has decided that our beloved establishment, The Subway Inn which has been a part of this neighborhood for more than 77 years MUST CLOSE BY AUGUST 20th so that high-end, luxury condos can be built on our spot.
We the undersigned believe that New York City is about more than rich investors gobbling up small family businesses to make a quick buck thereby destroying the integrity of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We call on lawmakers and concerned New Yorkers to STAND UP to these actions, and to stop World-Wide Holdings Corporation from destroying our home and ripping it away from those who helped build this city and who would never be able to afford the multi-million dollar condos that they are planning to put in place of a neighborhood treasure.
There is also an Indiegogo fundraising campaign:
Our donation is crucial and will mean the difference between the doors remaining open or the wrecking ball destroying our beloved DIVE Bar. Don’t let Subway Inn become another statistic –where rich investors looking for a quick buck destroy a place where we as a diverse community come together as one. We are Black, White, Hispanic and many other nationalities. We are Gay, Straight, Bi, Rich and Poor. We are Union, Non-Union and all Hardworking. We are employed and unemployed. We are Young and Old. We are women and we are men that know what is right. We are what makes our city the most interesting place in the world to live.
Additionally, the Salinas family that owns Subway Inn has made a short film about their bar and efforts to save it which you can watch below…