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“A Carnival Of Debauchery!”
Owney Geogheganís Boxing Saloon
ó 105 Bowery ó
You are standing in front of what was once George Geogheganís Saloon, NYCís most notorious bare knuckle boxing saloon. An Irish-born street-slugger-turned-professional boxer, Geoghegan (pronounced gay-gen), used his fame and earnings from the ring to open this “sporting” house which allowed drunken brawlers – and even women – an opportunity to duke it out for cash prizes in the 12-foot boxing rings on each of its two floors. Frequented by prostitutes and pickpockets, and known for its “gorilla-like waiters” and 10 cent raw whiskey, one reporter referred to it as a “carnival of debauchery.”
No stranger to violence, Geoghegan was involved in at least two shootings at this location. Though one incident resulted in the murder of a patron, the former boxing champion skirted all charges because of his political affiliations. Geogheganís was closed down in 1883 after it was discovered that children as young as ten-years old were frequenting the bar. Owney served a short time in prison for the offence, and died a short time later, in 1885, of natural causes. This Renaissance Revival building
- Eric Ferrera, author of The Bowery and founder of the Lower East Side History Project (leshp.org)
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Location. 40° 43.058′ N, 73° 59.705′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near hester Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Bowery, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.