How it began…

Alice, tiring of her sister’s chatter, was getting sleepy.  She didn’t think much of it when a white rabbit appeared in front of her and pulled a watch from his pocket.  He began shouting, “I’m late! I’m late!” then he scurried into a thicket and disappeared down a rabbit hole.  Bored, Alice followed.  She tumbled and... Continue Reading →

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Day 9: Julius’

When Adam McCandless first opened his grocery story in 1835, in what is now Greenwich Village, little did he know that this building would change the course of history.   When the business was converted to a restaurant and bar 24 years later, it set on a path to the National Park Service Register of Historical... Continue Reading →

Historical Krawl Day 7: Old Town

Not far from Union Station, is one of the oldest and best-preserved taverns, Old Town.  We are with our friend Nancy walking along a literary path on Irving Place and 18th street. We pause at the homes of O’Henry and Washington Irving, then turn west to enter Old Town at 45 E 18th street. Originally... Continue Reading →

Historic Bar Krawl Day 6: Pete’s Tavern

If we have learned anything from this historical bar krawl, it is that facts and dates are substantially folklore, somewhat questionable, and often contended.  Such as  the longstanding argument over which of these historical taverns is the oldest continuously operating.  Most, but not all, agree it is either Pete’s Tavern or McSorley’s. Pete’s Tavern, located just... Continue Reading →

Krawling to McSorley’s: Day 5

We are krawling to McSorley’s and we are not krawling alone.  We are accompanied by two of our dearest New York City friends, Justin and Lynn, also known as the MadhattersNYC.  More on them later. McSorley’s Olde Ale House, 15 East 7th Street, is the oldest Irish tavern in New York City. Opened in 1854,... Continue Reading →

Historical Krawl, Day 4: To the Bridge

Today we are krawling down Water Street, all the way to South Seaport and east to the Brooklyn Bridge, in search of The Bridge Café.  By some accounts, one of the oldest  drinking establishments in Manhattan. Opening in 1795 at 279 Water Street, the corner of Water and Dover, The Bridge Café is one of... Continue Reading →

Day 3: Ear Krawl

It is said that James Brown was a slave, an aide to General George Washington, and one of the subjects in Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware.  It is also said that James Brown received his freedom following the Revolutionary War and settled along the banks of the Hudson river where he built... Continue Reading →

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