…Regano has agreed to show me the basement and when she appears, I can’t help but wonder how one gets down there. In old photos, it’s clear there was an exterior staircase down, on Astor Street, just left of the main entrance. But that’s been filled in.
No, Hicks walks out from behind the bar and lifts up a panel in the floor that now covers what was once the interior staircase to the basement. The steps are original and at the bottom there are storage spaces and what looks like a coal scuttle beneath the main entry to the bar.
But these spaces are relatively small, and I don’t see any signs of a tunnel under Brady Street. Regano debunks this myth, saying in nearly 50 years in the bar, she’s never seen or heard of any tunnels leading out of the basement.
Two young women in their mid-twenties, living in New York and struggling to retain their dignity in a world of humiliating hook-ups and wageslave degradation. One of them, Abbi, works at a chic, faux-holistic gym cleaning toilets; the other, Ilana, sleeps through her crappy day job and wants nothing more from life than a dimebag and a date with Lil Wayne. Created by Upright Citizen Brigade alumni Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Comedy Central’s Broad City takes the duo’s scrappy Web series and supersizes it (sort of) for TV.