You love this place! The trick, it turns out, was to search for articles on "the best Old-Man Bars in Manhattan. Who knew? Get off my lawn!
Located right next to a police station, it avoids being a cop bar, though some folks seem like they are the law enforcement types. This is nicely balanced by local artist types that bring a vibe of a side-street bar in North Beach.
Right next door to the subway -- like, five feet to the left and the stairway would come up in the bar's basement -- makes it perfect for grabbing a Fernet and a beer right before heading out to the airport.