I went to meet an old friend from college for a beer last night. He lives in Salt Lake City now, but was in town on business and staying somewhere “on the fringes of TriBeCa.” As such, I suggested meeting him at the age-old standby, The Ear Inn, over on the westernmost edges of Spring Street.
On my way over, however, I was very saddened to spot that the Emerald Pub — formerly on the corner of Spring and Renwick — had evidently closed up shop. I have no idea when that actually happened, but it makes me sad, although probably not for the reasons ya might think.
Truthfully speaking, there wasn’t anything especially distinctive about the Emerald Pub. I certainly drank a few beers there a time or two, although if I was ever on that particular strip, I was inevitably bound for the strenuously superior Ear Inn, or McGovern’s across the way (when it was still there) or raucous rawk club, Don Hill’s further down the block (also gone). The Emerald Pub was ultimately just a generic Irish bar … with a secret.
The Emerald Pub was still special to me, because it was the spot that Martin Scorsese used to stage scenes in “After Hours” as the Terminal Bar. You might remember it looking like this….
Not sure what’s slated to open there next. Maybe it’ll be another bar that seeks to pay homage to the address’ fleeting cinematic significance.
I’m not holding my breath for that.
Pour one out.