Historic Neir’s Tavern will host its ‘Halfway to 195th’ anniversary block party this Saturday

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Historic Neir’s Tavern is set to host a “Halfway to 195” anniversary block party this Saturday
Photo courtesy of Neir’s Tavern

Neir’s Tavern is set to celebrate its “Halfway to 195th” anniversary this Saturday, Apr. 27. Residents are invited to take part in a special spring edition of this beloved Woodhaven fixture’s annual block party, located at 88th Avenue, between 78th and 77th Street, from 12-6 p.m.

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ozone Park-Woodhaven, Saturday’s block party is in anticipation of Neir’s Tavern’s official 195th anniversary on Oct. 5.

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Photo courtesy of Neir’s Tavern

Families can enjoy an array of fun activities, including a DJ, a bounce house, face painting and raffles. Neir’s Tavern staff will also be giving out free food to anyone that stops by. The event will also feature a CPR instruction course for community members eager to learn this valuable lifesaving skill.

The block party will also feature Neir’s Tavern’s acceptance of the coveted Queensmark Historical Designation award, which is given out by the Queens Historical Society to establishments throughout the borough that hold historical, cultural or architectural significance. Neir’s Tavern owner and FDNY Lieutenant Loycent Gordon said the award is a long time coming for the famed establishment.

“I am so honored that the Queens Historical Society gave us the highest honor as a historical place,” Gordon said. “I am just honored that they recognize our historical status and gave us this honor. This marker really cements what we have always been doing, which is a community gathering place.”  

Located at 87-48 78th St., Neir’s Tavern has been serving the Woodhaven community since 1829. Neir’s Tavern is one of the oldest taverns in New York City and in the country. Throughout the years Neir’s Tavern has been featured in several renowned classic films, including “Goodfellas” and “Tower Heist.” It has also featured performances from numerous acclaimed artists, including singer, actor and comedian Mae West.  The tavern offers an array of hearty bar foods, classic bears and specialty cocktails.

In 2019, Neir’s Tavern formed a committee aimed at preserving the tavern. After it was announced in 2020 that the tavern would shutter later that year due to raising rent prices, the public rallied around the historic venue to try and keep it open. Three days before the closure was set to take place, then-mayor Bill de Blasio and the Queens Chamber of Commerce agreed to a deal that would allow Neir’s Tavern to stay. A $90,000 grant from the city was also provided to help preserve the space.