People who say the one constant in life is change don’t spend time in New York City’s older bars. While mayoral terms end, businesses close and whole neighborhoods turn over, there are places in New York where time has come to a standstill. In these special spots, you can still get a stiff drink at a good price and reminisce about days gone by. Here are a few of the last dive bars standing. These are the places that, like their regulars at 4 a.m., simply refuse to leave. MANHATTAN Johnny’s Bar 90 Greenwich Ave., West Village, (212) 741-5279 Johnny’s is the latest name for a watering hole that’s been there as long as anybody can remember. But some people just call it “BAR,” after the neon sign that hangs over the street. There’s a slide-up window where raw oysters, clams and beer used to be served right onto the street. Today, Johnny’s remains one of a handful of West Village bars with prices in the single digits. It’s so small that you have no choice but to make friends with the person next to you. Manager Robert Bannard says he thinks Johnny’s longevity is partially due to a “righteous”… Read full this story
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