Community celebrates street co-naming after historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven

Neir’s Tavern owner Loycent Gordon with the street co-name sign on Oct. 2. (Photo by Adrian Childress)

The historic Neir’s Tavern has been further immortalized with a street co-naming.

Community members joined Neir’s Tavern owner Loycent Gordon and several elected officials in celebration of the street co-naming after the long-time bar and grill on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Woodhaven.

The corner of 78th Street and 88th Avenue is now named Neir’s Tavern Way, in honor of the restaurant located at 87-48 78th Street.

Gordon said this is “more than a street sign” for the restaurant.

“It’s our calling card that ‘the most famous bar you’ve never heard of’ is here in the World’s Borough,” Gordon said. “If you still haven’t visited or become a regular, then now you can finally find the road to help us get to 200 years. It’s called Neir’s Tavern Way!”

Photo courtesy of Holden’s office
Neir’s Tavern owner Loycent Gordon with his family at the street co-naming. (Photo courtesy of Holden’s office)
Councilman Robert Holden, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar and City Council candidate Kenichi Wilson at the Neir’s Tavern street co-naming. (Photo courtesy of Holden’s office)

Neir’s Tavern — which narrowly avoided closure due to a rent increase that was later negotiated with the help of Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local elected officials, and has re-structured and given back throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — is 192 years old this month.

The restaurant has a group of loyal customers and community members, Neirs200, who are advocating for the the restaurant to reach its 200-year mark in 2029.

Photo by Adrian Childress
Photo by Adrian Childress
Photo by Adrian Childress
Photo by Adrian Childress

Several elected officials attended the event, including Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar and City Councilman Robert Holden.

“It’s rare for a street to be co-named after a business, but Neir’s is a part of the rich history of New York City, Queens and Woodhaven,” Holden said. “It’s been a place for locals to gather for generations and I’m glad we were able to keep it open and honor it in this way.”