I hadn't been to Jimmy's Corner for a long time, and I haven't stopped in regularly since the stretch of 42nd between 6th and 7th still had peep shows. Then it was the cheapest dive bar in midtown, and I loved it because it reminded me of the East Village dive bar where I worked (except Jimmy's was focused on boxing instead of punk rock). Dingy. Loud. Bar staff who wouldn't let you keep hanging onto a table if you weren't ordering another drink. Walls crowded with memorabilia. Cheap beer.
So tonight I went back to Jimmy's, and it remains almost exactly as it was 20 years ago--one of the few places in the Times Square area of which that can be said. It's still loud and dingy, and still cheap. An echo of the old squalor still hangs around the place. I still love it.
Don't go to midtown if you can avoid it, but if you have to be in the neighborhood, end up at Jimmy's.
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