Neir’s Tavern has 186 years of history inside it — and now Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is endorsing a proposal to have the city officially recognize its significance by making it a city landmark.
The Woodhaven bar, located at 87-48 78 St., is the oldest bar in the city to continually operate in the same location.
Opened in 1829, it first served patrons who were on their way to watch horse races at the Union Course ractrack, formerly located a few blocks away.
Loycent Gordon, the owner of Neir’s, said he is only seeking to have the interior landmarked — but added he’d like to have the exterior done as well.
“Eventually we’d like to do the exterior,” Gordon said.
Crowley, too, would like to see the whole building preserved.
“It’s not just any other building. It’s historic and it should be kept that way,” the councilwoman said. “By landmarking it, it will stay for the enjoyment of generations to come.”
Once a structure has been designated a landmark by the city, the owner of the building must obtain the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to make any changes to it.