Neir's Tavern Proprietor Loycent Gordon Featured at Mayor De Blasio's 2020 State of the City Address
Owner of Historic Neirs Tavern Loycent Gordon to attend 2020 State of the city address
By: Neir's Tavern
Among the oldest and most historic bars in the country established way back in 1829, Thirty years before Abraham Lincoln would be elected president.
Neir's is billed as "The Most Famous Bar You've Never Heard Of." Despite its moniker Neir's has a rich and colorful past.
Originally christened in 1829 as "The Blue Pump Room", the establishment went on to be known as "The Old Abbey" then "Neir's Social Club" to "The Union Course Tavern." To present day Neir's Tavern.
Neir's Tavern is no stranger to being in the spotlight, it's said that Mae West, who was raised in the area, first performed here.
Back in 1990 it hit the big time when director Martin Scorsese filmed several key scenes in Neir's Tavern for the mob classic Goodfellas.
In Constant operation from 1829 to present day thanks to Loycent's stewardship and an 11th hour reprieve by NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop Members of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and many other elected officials.
With the constantly changing urban landscape that is New York City, along with change comes with it the loss of our history and the memories contained within, Owner Loycent Gordon was determined to take a stand and proclaim, "Not this one!"
After an unstainable rent increase and fighting for months to save Neir's Tavern to no avail. Loycent had set a final call communicated to the patrons and supporters of Neir's via social media, the community rallied, and the story went viral.
Major news networks started covering the pending closure of 190-year-old watering hole from ABC, to CBS, to The New York Times, NBC, to countless other outlets.
Feeling renewed faith and being reenergized Loycent took his plea directly to the Mayor via his weekly radio show "Ask the Mayor" on WNYC. He called in and got through. After explaining the details to Mayor De Blasio, the Mayor mobilized several city agencies and held a press conference at Neir's Tavern on Friday January 10th at 8pm in front of all NY that Neir's would not be closing.
Loycent realized you can't fight city hall, you call them. "I am honored to be featured at the 2020 state of the city address on behalf of myself and the community I want to thank Mayor Bill De Blasio and his team for showing what city government is capable of when we work together."
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