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Neir's Tavern / Union Course

 
 
Neir's Tavern / Union Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 25, 2019
1. Neir's Tavern / Union Course Marker
Inscription.  "The Most Famous Bar You've Never Heard of” PBS tv

Neir's is one of America's oldest and most historic, continuously operating taverns. Founded in 1829, it retains much of its historical character, including a 150-year old mahogany bar and a tap system that still uses ice to serve the coldest beer in town. Famed for being the bar where the classic movie Goodfellas was filmed, Neir's is also known for other films, such as Tower Heist, and having been the place where Mae West first performed, as well as for its excellent food.

(The plaque beneath the plaque reads ...)

Union Course

The Blue Pump Rm opened 1855
Renamed for the racetrack   A
hotel theater Mae West per-
formed & Scorsese filmed Good-
fellows here   Renamed Niers

 
Erected by Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 41.389′ N, 73° 51.807′ W. Marker is in Woodhaven, New York, in Queens County. Marker is at the intersection of 78th Street and 88th Avenue, on the left when traveling north on 78th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 87-48 78th Street, Woodhaven NY 11421, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred Christ Trump (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua (about

Neir's Tavern / Union Course Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 25, 2019
2. Neir's Tavern / Union Course Marker - wide view
800 feet away); Dexter Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodhaven Patriotic League World War II Honor Roll (approx. ¼ mile away); Woodhaven Post Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Woodhaven Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Betty Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mae West (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodhaven.
 
More about this marker. This marker is an odd two-fer. The visible text on the marker is a later addition, superimposed on top of earlier text on the same topic. Both sets of text have been presented.

In terms of marker status, this one presents two challenges to HMdb guidelines. Guidelines state that a marker must be permanent. Is a marker permanent if it is clipped (albeit with 11 clips) on top of another? Photos of the marker from four years ago with the same text would seem to indicate that with at least a four-year tenure here - it is permanent. Guidelines also suggest that if a marker is missing (i.e. the old text), it should be recorded as such. But is it missing? It can't be read, yet we know exactly where it is. And it is where it has always been. Hence both marker texts are presented here, and it is not reported as missing.
 
Also see . . .
1. Scene from Goodfellas at Neirs Tavern (YouTube, 3 min.). (Submitted on May 24, 2019.)
2. Queens bar Neir's Tavern...plans 190th anniversary celebration (YouTube, PIX11 News, 3 min.). (Submitted on May 24, 2019.)
3. Discover Historic Neirs Tavern (Neir's). (Submitted on May 24, 2019.)
 
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Photo of Mae West in Neir's Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 25, 2019
3. Photo of Mae West in Neir's Tavern
Mae West was a young teenager, living about 6 blocks away, when she started performing professionally, and she is said to have performed here at Neir's Tavern. But this photo was taken elsewhere, when she was much older.
Neir's Social Hall image. Click for full size.
Eugene L. Armbruster (photo courtesy of the Queens Library), 1922
4. Neir's Social Hall
"Louis Neir's Social Hall. Now Neir's Tavern. Founded in 1855 as "The Old Blue Pump House" run by Cadwallader R. Coldon." - Queens Library
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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