Early last month, I was contacted by Loycent Gordon, FDNY Fire Lieutenant and Owner of the oldest bar in New York City, Neir’s Tavern.
In conjunction with Neir’s entering its 190th year of existence, Loy (as he is known to most) wanted to know if I was interested in being part of a new committee he was looking to form to help organize events and activities throughout the year to celebrate this special anniversary.
The committee tabbed #Neirs190 was eventually created and today consists of various special local team members that are focused and dedicated to preserving and protecting the oldest tavern in Queens.
Neirs Tavern opened officially in 1828, has not only always been a cultural institution in Woodhaven, it is also a community safe haven. The latter can be primarily contributed to Loy, and the last 10 years he has been the owner. Loy cares supremely about upholding Woodhaven culture, the history of Neir’s and most importantly the people of Woodhaven. If you have ever been lucky enough to experience one of Loy’s “Nickel tours” you know exactly what I mean.
Needless to say, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to be involved. As a #Neirs190 Ambassador our task at Queenscapes will be a social media geared focus on promoting Neir’s Tavern’s upcoming celebrations, highlighting past events and most importantly spreading the word through the various Queens communities of Neir’s significance in Woodhaven.
Starting today and every following Thursday, up until the culminating 190th celebration at Neirs Tavern, we will feature a weekly feature on our Queenscapes Instagram page titled #NeirsForYears (a hashtag created by the good folks at Neirs.)
We will highlight all the amazing community events that have happened over the years at Neirs, across all our social need networks and promote all new events geared for #Neirs190 as best as we can.
So stay tuned folks and we hope to see you at Neirs soon.
Words and photo by Adolfo Steve Vazquez