Discussion relating to the past and present operations of the NYC Subway, PATH, and Staten Island Railway (SIRT).

Moderator: GirlOnTheTrain

  by Jeff Smith
https://www.curbed.com/2021/04/subway-m ... -noxe.html
When Jey Perie was scouting a location to open an intimate nightclub in 2019, the subterranean space he saw on Seventh Avenue in midtown didn’t have many selling points. It had been a massage parlor, which was evicted after an NYPD vice sting, and it was split up into a series of small rooms with wall-to-wall red carpeting throughout (there was an unpermitted shower in the mix, too). But what made the place nightlife gold in the eyes of Perie, the former creative director of the club Kinfolk in Williamsburg, was a seemingly nondescript detail: a walled-up rear doorway leading directly to the stairway of the 28th Street 1 train subway station, an entrance first used when the original tenant, a barbershop, opened in 1926. When Perie saw the property two winters ago and learned about this historic quirk, it was obvious to him that he had found the location for his new bar, La Noxe. “It could have been in the least-frequented station in New York and I would have taken it anyway,” he said.
Aside from the well-established places at Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, there have been other station-adjacent bars in New York. The one that’s perhaps most fondly remembered is Siberia, a dive bar with an entrance on the downtown side of the 1 station at 50th and Broadway that opened in 1997 (and was for a time a publishing hangout, one where you would often find a few New York Magazine staff members). The Subway Inn, a tavern across from Bloomingdale’s until its move in 2015, was named for its entrance to the 6 train. But La Noxe is no dive: When the massage-parlor carpet was peeled back, the terrazzo floor with bronze inlay revealed itself, and that kind of classic, classy detail defines the bar’s design. There are plush velvet banquettes and oversize armchairs in midnight blue and gold, and thick animal-print accent rugs abound; the tops of the walls are edged in thin lines of red neon. It’s a cozy vibe, but in a way that seems highly suggestive. There are even a few staggered rows of glass bricks set into the back wall, a cocaine-chic touch that lets La Noxe’s moody red-and-purple lighting peek through into the fluorescent-lit subway stairs on the other side.