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Offline Avela

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Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« on: November 30, 2007, 08:27:11 PM »
Roosevelt Ave was full of old Irish bars. Anyone remember them?

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 12:42:15 AM »
I don't remember them but it would be great if there was at least one good Irish pub left.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007, 09:28:18 AM »
Years, and years ago, the Readpenny Inn, 37-07 73 Street, was an Irish Bar.  Now, it's just a bar, but you can play billiards in there....

Wouldn't it be nice to meet a group of posters there some Saturday afternoon, have a beer, maybe a burger, if they still have a kitchen.

Anyone want to meet....

Saturday, December 15th at 4 p.m.

???

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007, 09:53:47 PM »
I remember many of the old Irish bars. Most of the ones I name below were still here in the mid 80's.  I will try to list some geographically and their approximate closing date.

76th and Roosevelt - Blarney Stone - Closes in the mid-late eighties
78th and Roosevelt - Unicorn - Closed in May of 1985 - Was my favorite bar around this time
80 to 81 and Roosevelt - Powers and Healy and Shea's - Both closed in mid-late eighties
81 to 82 and Roosevelt - Millbar - Closed in early 90's
81 to 82 and Roosevelt - O'Hanlons - Closed in early to mid nineties
82 South Side of Roosevelt - Green Blazer
82 and 37 Ave -  Bud's closed in April of 2005 - Was a regular here from 2000-2005
85 and 37 Ave - Gemini Bar - Closed in February 2000 Was a regular here form 1985-2000
90th between 37 Ave and Roosevelt - Brady's Bar -  Closed in early to mid nineties - Frequented here in the mid - late eighties
Northern 82 and 83 - Irish pub with food - Closed in mid nineties
Northern and Corner or 83rd - Lynch's and a few other names - Closed in mid - late 90's
Northern and 84 - Doonarie, later became a heavy metal bar - finally closed in early 2000's
Northern and 86 - Belvedere - Closed in mid - late 90's

After compiling this partial list I realized how the neighborhood has transformed.  There are still bars in some of these locations but none of them Irish Bars.  I also realized I drank in most of these bars at one time or another - that's a lot beer and money!!


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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008, 09:56:49 AM »
The News-Record (Greensboro NC)
Big Joe gives clients taste of Ireland — and a trim
by Jeri Rowe
Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008 3:00 am

GREENSBORO — Big Joe can work his crowd.

He sits by the door in his black leather chair, cradling his coffee mug with "Grandpa" written across the handle, greeting everyone who walks through the door in a lilting baritone borne from his Irish homeland.

It's really nothing new for him. Big Joe once ran a burly neighborhood bar in Queens, where men always jawed about the Mets.

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At age 22, he flew to America, where he worked as a banker, a plainclothes security officer at the United Nations and, ultimately, a bartender.

Longing to be his own boss, he bought his own place in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, a long, narrow spot with 14 bar stools and a jukebox. The Gaels Pub, he called it.

There, he earned the nickname Big Joe. There were long hours. And near the end, there were street-corner drug dealers, too. He knew he had to get out.

In 1994, after 21 years at The Gaels Pub, he sold the business, retired and moved south to Greensboro, the city of his first cousin, where he discovered a fondness for nice weather and nice golf courses.

...

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 07:40:59 PM »
Years, and years ago, the Readpenny Inn, 37-07 73 Street, was an Irish Bar.  Now, it's just a bar, but you can play billiards in there....


I remember the Readypenny. Pat was the owner, prior to that he was the bartender at "The Station Break" bar which was on Roosevelt between 73rd and 74th. I wonder if Pat is still alive?

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2008, 11:15:59 PM »
Pat is very much alive, I saw him this morning

He does spend the majority of his time in Florida

His son Eddie is calling the shots these days

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2008, 12:10:41 AM »
The Green Blazer used to be Murphy's until Charlie & Tony Canning bought it in the late 60's or so.

The Liffey was on Broadway between 75 & 76. (Officially Elmhurst I guess.) They claimed to be the bar that sold the most Guinness on tap in all of NYC. I know I contributed with a fair share of pints.  8) I proposed to my wife there on St. Patrick's Day in 1977. (We just celebrated our 31st anniversary.)

Ryan's, on 83/Baxter, was the home base for the Jackson Heights Anglers in the early to mid 70's. We'd head out to Montauk on a charter bus every 3rd week for the grand sum of $25 which covered both boat & bus, tips for the  mate & bus driver, plus the pool for the largest fish. Beer or soda cost $.25 a can & the bar's owner, Jackie Ryan, would let us take cases of the stuff on consignment.

In the mid 70's there was also an Irish pub, actually more of a night club, in the Brunson Building for a year or two. I forget the name of the place but it featured some great Irish entertainers, including the Wolfe Tones.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2008, 09:15:37 AM »
My wife just reminded me that the pub in the Brunson Building was the Shilling.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2008, 10:28:56 PM »
Anyone remember Gibbon's?  It was a really big place at about 71st Broadway, I believe.  I think it must've closed when I was ten or so... which means just over a decade ago. 

Thinking about that place makes me happy.  Clearly, I never had a drink there, but my dad would take my sister and I there after school sometimes and he'd always buy us these really tasty chips from the bar store which was run by a amiable, vertically challenged (is there a better term?) man.  I think my sister and I entertained the idea that he was a REAL LIFE leprechaun  ::) . We'd go for dinner sometimes too.  I remember having my first Shepherd's Pie there.  It was really sad when the place got closed down, but until now, I hadn't thought of the place in years.  It's kind of nice though, having places like this that live only in your memory...  Makes them seem magical.

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2008, 06:00:38 PM »
I lived across the street from Gibbons. Was never old enough to get a drink there before it closed but would be int he store almost weekly buying all sorts of candy etc.

I believe they moved to somewhere along Woodhaven Blvd. or something like that. Further out in Queens at least on the way to the Rockaways.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2008, 04:16:26 PM »
How about STABLEMATES that was on 80st/30 ave,,,now is called Cassidys,,,,,regards Mugsy

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2008, 05:08:33 PM »
How about STABLEMATES that was on 80st/30 ave,,,now is called Cassidys,,,,,regards Mugsy

I think you mean 75th, if you're talking about the place across the street from Dante's.
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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2008, 05:35:23 PM »
your right,,,it was acros from Dantes,,,,,mugsy

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2009, 10:50:30 PM »
O.K., so I came across this Ebay listing that has a photo of a few old matchbook covers from businesses once located in Jackson Heights (there's also one from Bruno's on the Boulevard catering hall).  One of the matchbook covers is from a place called Mike Camardi's Blue Haven that was located at 73-03 37th Avenue.  A bit of Googling turned up a blog dedicated to Lenny Bruce.  According to the blog, Lenny Bruce regularly performed at the Blue Haven in 1947 as part of "Amateur Night" for $2.00 and cab fare home.  Imagine that!

I tried to locate the address so as to pinpoint the actual old location of the Blue Haven, but couldn't come up with anything.

Ebay

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Re: Does anybody remember the old bars of Jackson Heights?
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2009, 10:50:30 PM »