Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Oldest Bar in New York?

bRIDGE CAFE: When the Brooklyn Bridge first blocked Water Street from sunlight in 1883, this bar/restaurant had already been serving the local population for almost a century—in more ways than one: An 1860 NYC census lists 279 Water St. as the home of six Irish prostitutes.
According to a Times article, the Bridge Café has been a “drinking establishment” since 1847, thus making it the oldest continually running bar in NYC. Only a few blocks from the South Street Seaport, it’s decidedly not a tourist trap. After all, Ed Koch held court here twice a week at his private table during his mayorship, and city politicians still take advantage of its communal but easygoing air to conduct business here over a couple of cold ones.

21 comments:

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic !! The windows as so beautiful !! great post..Unseen Rajasthan

Wayne said...

I know this place. Last fall I stayed just round the corner at the Best Western Hotel. I walked by here daily 3 or 4 days.

Frank said...

Is McSorleys stiill open on E. 7th?I have fond memories of consuming a few brews there and jars of hot mustard. I'm sorry I missed visitng this great bar. Looks like it'd be a favotite place to relax and enjoy friends. Great pix!

Jean Spitzer said...

Cool Federal style building with quite a history.

Jarart said...

It's a great old building and I hope it is there for many years to come.

jeannette stgermain said...

I love the angle of the first pic!

Mykola Dementiuk said...

I wonder who lives upstairs, the owner or his friends?

altadenahiker said...

Long legged prostitutes with green thumbs.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

It's hard for me to accept its claim as oldest bar since it was a restaurant for a spell and has gone under so many different names. Still a great old building.

Jacob said...

Fascinating bit of history. Six Irish prostitutes, eh? I wonder how they knew they were Irish...the pols probably checked them out personally...

Mo said...

If only those walls could talk

Melanie said...

The stories within those walls!!

Adam said...

What a great building. Nice to have pockets of history like that in such a modern place.

D said...

Gotta love a building with a tawdry past.

Melanie said...

See today's Gothamist and now Curbed for details on the collapse of Building C on Admiral's Row- due to the latest rainstorms and decay.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Love this photos and I like so much this architecture!

matthew houskeeper said...

Frank,
Yes McSorleys is still in operation.
It has become a little bit too much of a tourist spot especially around the holidays.

Field of View said...

Good Job !

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