from j.d. salinger posted in literature


86 bedford st
new york, new york 10014

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Opened in 1922, and the source of the phrase "86'ed"- Chumley's has been a speakeasy for writers for several generations.

On September 22, 2000, the Friends of Libraries USA placed a plaque at the location that read the following:

A celebrated haven frequented by poets, novelists and playwrights, who helped define twentieth century American literature. These writers include Willa Cather, E.E. Cummings, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Ring Lardner, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugene O'Neill, John Dos Passos, and John Steinbeck.

J.D. Salinger used to meet up with other writers here while he was writing short stories before WWII.

Chumley's, photo by mike appel @ flickr