[EVG photo of McSorley's from the other night]
In one of our very first gazette dispatches here at EVG, we noted a new "old ale house" opening at 15 E. Seventh St. near Cooper Square.
At the time, it was not clear if founder John McSorley had appeared before CB3 or bothered collecting signatures of support or had proper permits for the big belly stove.
A few readers expressed displeasure. For example:
"I wish they'd keep their doors closed. I can hear the barkeep dropping nickels into the soup bowl from a block away."
"Don't we already have enough establishments around here in which to drink ale and eat raw onions?"
"Oh great, another place catering to the tanners, bricklayers and slaughter-house butchers."
"I give it 6 months."
"There goes the neighborhood."
Anyway, (I kid because I love), 162 years later, give or take eight years, McSorley's is celebrating today...
And as always when mentioning McSorley's and anniversaries... There are some doubters ("doubters gonna doubt!") about when McSorley's actually opened. Per New York: "Though McSorley’s claims it opened its doors in 1854, NYC historian Richard McDermott used public records to prove it really opened in 1862." Which means Lincoln never set foot in the place.
Still, Lincoln will likely make an appearance here today as in previous years...
[Photo from 2015 by TheDustyRebel via Facebook]
Maybe this year it will be the actor who starred in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
A few photos from the day via Derek Berg... featuring the McSorley's militia...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Exclusive: Minnie McSorley's first interview