People say this bar serves some powerful boos.

Neir’s Tavern will host a Mid-Winter Ghost Hunting Course on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m.

The Woodhaven establishment opened in 1829, and rumors that it’s haunted have swirled around for almost two centuries. Early 20th century entertainer and sex symbol Mae West reportedly made her first performances there, and some patrons believe that her ghost returns every now and then, just for fun. (She’s buried in nearby Cypress Hill Cemetery.)

The owner, Loycent Gordon, says he’s not inclined to believe in paranormal activity, but he had to organize this event after hearing some recent stories. One employee turned off a bathroom light three times while cleaning up on a recent night, but the light managed to switch back on each time.

A cook reported placing a bowl on a kitchen table, but it moved to the other side — twice.

Then there was the flying broom incident.

On Friday, participants will take a crash course on phantom-detection. Then, they will join expert “Ghost Doctors” and search for paranormal activity in every nook and cranny of Neir’s, which is located at 87-48 78th St., just south of the elevated train for the J and Z lines. Hunting equipment will include EMF ghost meters, infrared temperature detectors, dowsing rods, electronic voice phenomena, and regular handheld cameras and phones.

Tickets, which cost $25 per person, include a drink.

Neir’s is the oldest tavern in the United States that has operated continuously at the same address. There are other currently-operating establishments that were founded before Neir’s in Manhattan, Boston, and even Baltimore, but they moved, went out of business during Prohibition, or closed temporarily due to fire damage.

It’s also one of a variety of Queens spots where the public has alleged paranormal activity.

Astoria’s Hell Gate Bridge spans a treacherous part of the East River where many ships have sunk and a few grisly murders have taken place. Phantom trains allegedly cross the bridge at night, while a crazed troll snatches children and takes them to a hiding spot in one of the stanchions.

George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studios, a restaurant previously known as the “Astor Room,” was once a hangout for silent film actors in the 1920s. Rudolph Valentino used to dine there, and people say his ghosts sips martinis at the bar sometimes.

Visitors to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is a block away from George’s on 35th Avenue, have reported hearing loud voices and murmurs in air vents. An African-American woman in a white dress can be noted near the lobby’s security desk after hours on some nights.

Then there’s the Caucasian woman with white hair pulled back in a bun who walks around Astoria in a high-collared dress. Some area residents have seen her with a sick child. Others have watched her traipse through backyards on 44th Street. Still more have observed “The White Lay of Astoria” sitting with her brother.

Image: Neir’s Tavern


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