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Neir’s Tavern signs fi ve-year lease to stay in Woodhaven
BY JACOB KAYE
Neir’s Tavern, the historic bar in Woodhaven,
signed a new lease last week, ensuring the
tavern will tack on at least another fi ve years
onto its 191-year run in the neighborhood.
On Thursday, Oct. 29, the landlords, Ken and
Henry Shi, and the tavern’s owner Loycent Gordon
signed the five-year lease inside the bar, located
at 87-48 78th St. The lease allows for an additional
five years after the current lease ends in 2025.
The oldest bar in New York City has been the
recipient of a great deal of community support,
dating back to January, when the landlords threatened
not to renew the lease to Gordon. The call to
preserve the historic ale house – which was once
used to film a scene in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas”
– made its way to the mayor, who came out in
support of Gordon and Neir’s Tavern.
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio again showed
his support by attending the lease signing. Several
lawmakers, including State Assemblyman
Mike Miller and Councilman Robert Holden, also
dropped by to see the bar, which first opened in
1829, into the future.
“We could all do something for the comeback
of Neir’s Tavern and also for the comeback of the
city of New York,” Gordon said. “We all can do
something, and I think this is an opportunity to
start over. This is a new lease on life. This is an
opportunity in the middle of a pandemic. We have
an opportunity to start over and strive to create
connection and not division.”
The bar also received support from small
business advocates, including Thomas Grech,
the CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce,
Jonnel Doris, the commissioner of the New York
City Department of Small Business Services, and
Raquel Olivares, the executive director of the
Woodhaven Business Improvement District.
While the wishing the bar continued success, de
Blasio urged New Yorkers to buy local and support
Photo by Dean Moses
small businesses like Neir’s Tavern.
“Everyone has a choice this holiday season: you
can go online, or you go down the street to your
neighborhood store and spend your money there,”
de Blasio said. “We can all get a new lease on life if
we buy local and help these extraordinary businesses.
They are a part of the heart and soul of
who we are. This place when you come in here you
feel the spirit of New York City. We gotta save it
and we can all be a part of it.”
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