Between partaking of boozy bar crawls and sidestepping the accumulating puddles of puke outside McSorley’s, this St. Pat’s Day weekend might be a good time to brush up on your history. If, like us, your knowledge of Irish NYC tends to trail off around the Five Points and Leo DiCaprio, then head on down to the Merchant’s House Museum, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in NYC,” according to Time Out New York. The 1832 Federal-style home was occupied by the British Tredwell family for more than 100 years, but today’s back-stairs St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Tour focuses on the lives of their Irish servants. The newly restored fourth-floor servants’ quarters, complete with Downton Abbey–type call bells, reflects how it was possible for the help to live in and run a compact city home. On Saturday, stop in for a precursor — “The Good, the Bad, and the Guinness: Celebrating the History of Irish Cooking” teaches authentic seventeenth-century recipes.
Sun., March 15, 12:30 p.m., 2015