The Black Circle Bar
The Black Circle is a bar in the Seaport District of Manhattan, NY. Its basement is a haven for criminal meetings and events. The Black Circle is allowed to exist, despite being on the radar of the NYPD, because it serves as an ear for the police department. Michael Weston, a regular at the Black Circle, is an informant who delivers valuable information on criminal activity to the department.
The Black Circle, a bar wedged between a seafood restaurant and a barber shop on a street a few blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan, was an unassuming building. A façade, more accurately. Not that there weren’t drinks, bartenders, frequent patrons, and all the regular trappings of a bar, but the real business of the establishment occurred beneath street level.... Two sets of curved bay windows flanked a pair of black doors. A dark blue flag with a black circle surrounded by a yellow glow hung above the doors. The building was made of brick, painted black. The Black Circle, like many of the storefronts around it in the historic Seaport District, was housed in a waterfront building from the early Nineteenth Century, lending it a rustic atmosphere. The piers along the East River were visible from its cobblestone street.... The main floor was warmly lit by iron chandeliers of exposed bulbs, crowded with wood tables and chairs, with a bar on the left. It was sparsely occupied; a few people sat at the bar, and no more than a dozen at tables. The brick walls were decorated with mirrors and black-and-white paintings of seascapes.
Behind the Scenes
The bar's location was based on 111 South St, New York, NY 10038.