Stop #2: Chumley’s
The next stop on our walk takes us farther east and a little bit earlier in time. Chumley’s, at 86 Bedford Street, now closed because of a chimney collapse, was a popular watering hole for members of the literary community in the early part of the 20th century. It was originally a speakeasy, established in 1926. For this reason, it never had a sign. The walls were covered with the book jackets from books that were written or worked on at Chumley’s.
This was particularly a popular spot with the Lost Generation and the Bohemians of the early part of the century such as E.E. Cummings, Willa Cather, Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. But it also became a popular spot for the Beats later on in the century along with the White Horse Tavern.
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