This building serves as the exterior
for the apartment on Friends; in real life, it houses the
restaurants Little Owl (formerly Chez Michallet) and
86: This unmarked door was the entrance to
Chumley's, a former speakeasy that never had an outside sign. A
literary hangout for Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, O'Neill,
Anais Nin, Orson Welles,
Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Thurber etc.
It evolved into a popular, cozy bar and restaurant;
it can be seen in such films as Reds,
Bright Lights, Big City, Wolfen and Sweet and
Lowdown--or you can
see it online. A wall collapse
shuttered Chumley's in 2007; a reopening has been promised for
years, but bizarrely now faces community opposition. If you were living in the neighborhood before 1922, then you have the standing to oppose Chumley's.