In 1892, long before the mass production of automobiles and 39 years before the completion of the Empire State Building, the German bar Viemeisters opened at 45 East 18th Street. 122 years later, it remains standing, now known as Old Town Bar (45 East 18th Street, 212-529-6732).
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The White Horse Tavern as it looks today Stay in one place long enough, many bars have found, and you're likely to eventually develop literary cachet. Indeed, many of the city's most venerable taverns - Old Town, McSorley's, and the currently-defunct Chumley's - are or were lined with the dust jac ... More >>
As the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade marches up Fifth Avenue today, an annual protest will take place. The group Irish Queers will call out the NYPD's participation in the event, which they say on their website "was redesigned so that anti-gay bigots could parade using the church's special right t ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 23, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 12 A terrible blather is born By Joe Flaherty This piece is dedicated to Frank McCourt who, with the wisdom of Solomon, spent the day lying on his bloody Irish are. Sweet suffering' Jesus, thank be it i ... More >>
So, as we close the door on the whole sordid "Joe Torre Return To The Mets" non-story, let's recap what we know. First, Torre did tell WFAN that he was "curious" about managing the Mets in 2011. Then, after the shit hit the WFAN he told reporters "I'm closing the door on managing the Mets, ... More >>
Holocaust victim?According to the reliable Richard Sandomir and Michael S. Schmidt in the Times, Tim McCarver is backtracking from trying to associate the Steinbrenners with Hitler and Stalin for their treatment of Joe Torre -- but he's not backing off too far.
Famegame.com analyzes people's "social connections and media attention" and comes up with a ranking of just how fabulously anonymity-challenged they are at that moment. Last time I looked, I ranked #117, which is pretty good considering Octomom and her brood must take up 15 whole slots and al ... More >>
Photo (cc) MapDork. Against all odds, there's actually working (sort of) WiFi in the city council chamber, so I'm going to attempt to liveblog today's final vote on the city's Coney Island rezoning plan. The council's land use committee gave its preliminary blessing last week, so the last ... More >>
Twitpic by tedsink. Last weekend's Siren Festival left many of us groggy, and a good thing too, as the week that followed was best seen in soft focus. President Obama and Henry Louis Gates were the comedy team of the week. Mayor Bloomberg, angry about the way mayoral school control ... More >>
Years ago we gave to a family friend, an middle-aged Irishwoman who never read much of anything, a copy of Angela's Ashes. We hoped her feeling for her heritage would lead her to appreciate the gift, but did not expect her to read it. But when next we saw her she had read it clean through and cheerf ... More >>
Chris Bryne, the co-owner of Rocky Sullivan's, says the show will go on in Brooklyn. The Manhattan location closed last night. Photo by Hollow Sidewalks via Flickr "They can take away our Guinness, but they can't take away our freedom," screamed one fairly inspired reveler from the landing of Rocky ... More >>
Photo by Hallowsidewalks via Flickr If memory serves me correctly, that's Chris Byrne, the bar's owner. Building by building, store by store, person by person, Manhattan just keeps getting less interesting and more generic. The latest news: Rocky Sullivan's is closing it's doors on Lexington Avenue ... More >>
"So I need signatures," Green party gubernatorial candidate Malachy McCourt says to the couple who, like many of the couples entering the Lyceum Theater on West 45th Street for the 2 p.m. matinee of "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" on Wednesday, is clutching water bottles and canes. McCourt is wearing ... More >>
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