2. Chumley’s is likely responsible for coining the term to “86” something
If you’ve ever heard the term to “86” something (I tend to think of a waitress at a diner telling the cook to “86 those pancakes”…ie, cancel them), you may not know it originated right here in New York City—though its original meaning is slightly different from how it’s used now.
“During Prohibition, the cops were on the payroll, so before they raided the place, they would call and say ‘86 your customers’ which was code for ‘send them out 86 Bedford Street,” Borgognone said. “And then they would come in the other entrance, at 58 Barrow Street. When the cops arrived, the place was empty.”