OK I just saw this so I'm pumped - now bear with me on this one - there used to be a kick-ass old bar in New York City, with no sign, just a number on a door (at 86 Bedford St. to be exact) that led into a speakeasy that dates back to the days of prohibition. Now I'm not that old, but I did get to experience it before a wall partially collapsed and caused it's closing (in 2007 I believe). Back in the day, it used to be the hang out of such literary notables as Eugene O'Niell, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck. In the more recent past it was a place to experience some non-touristy NYC nightlife. You could also occasionally find some of the guys from Engine 24 and 5 Truck tending bar.
So, the next time you are in the NYC area stop by and see if they truly did reopen the place. It's worth a visit. You can drink a pint (or more), check out all the photos and memorabilia on the walls (no contrived BS here, it was all legit), and let your mind drift back to the days when you had to plan your escape - just in case the coppers raid the place ya know?
If you make it there before I do, drink one for me! Cheers!