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History Night at Woodhaven Bar

Look Back At Community’s Past

The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will present a slideshow of old pictures of Woodhaven at Neir’s Tavern and Steakhouse at 7 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 21.

Neir’s Tavern as it appeared in 1898 when it was being operated under the name “The Old Abbey.” It opened in 1928 as “The Blue Pump Room” and has also operated under the names “Neir’s Social Hall” and “The Union Course Tavern.”

The 180-year old tavern, located at 87-48 78th St. in Woodhaven, is a perfect location for such a presentation, according to Ed Wendell, president of the historical society.

“Generations of Woodhaven residents have enjoyed themselves at Neir’s Tavern, going back to the mid- 1800s, when it was directly across the street from the Union Course Racetrack,” he stated. “It seems fitting to celebrate the history of this community in this space.”

In addition to the slideshow, attendees will be encouraged to participate in a pub quiz with the winner walking away with a copy of Vincent Seyfried’s “The History of Woodhaven & Ozone Park.”

This is the second evening event for the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, following up a very well-received presentation entitled “Queens: Then & Now” in February by Queens historian Jason D. Antos, according to Wendell.

Neir’s Tavern & Steakhouse has a menu that includes the “Goodfellas” burger and the “Tower Heist” sandwich, named after two films that shot scenes in this historic location.

There is no entrance fee for this event and participants are encouraged to eat during the presentation.

“It will be a casual event,” Wendell said. “We want everyone to come out, have fun, and learn a little about the history of our community.”

For more information, email the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society at projectwoodhaven @gmail.com.

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