Established 1829

Jeremiah Moss with Neir's owner Loycent Gordon

Susan Neir, the granddaughter of Joe Neir, the bar's original owner


"This is all human capital. It takes time to build up a place like Neir’s, to build a reputation. We cannot allow predatory landlords to decide what happens to these businesses." -Olympia Kazi, NYC Artist Coalition

"[Neir's] was packed three deep again this weekend in crowds [owner] Loycent Gordon said he’d never seen before, both on Friday during the announcement from de Blasio, and on Saturday during a #SaveNYC rally that was previously billed as a farewell. The latter became part-celebration and part-rally for advocates of commercial rent reform; it was organized in part by Jeremiah Moss, who runs the blog Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. Moss and others were happy for Neir’s, but worried for the future of small businesses in New York."

All photographs by Beatriz Elena Rodriguez © 2020

Neir's Tavern = Saved!

Neir's Tavern just got a new deal for five more years on their lease! Come celebrate this good news and rally for commercial rent regulation. New York City has many more small businesses that need protecting — and in five years we might be fighting again for Neir's.

Saturday, January 11th. 2pm
Neir's Tavern - 87-48 78th St, Woodhaven, NY

Rally for Neir's!

After recently celebrating 190 years in business, Neir’s Tavern has announced that they are closing their doors this Sunday due to absurd rent increases, as well as their rejected attempt at landmarking the building.

"Neir's has been fighting for its life; recently, the Landmarks Preservation Committee rejected its application, though it's been around since before the Civil War. Founded in 1829, Neir's is greatly beloved — but love alone can't save our historic small businesses. Only a policy that ensures commercial rent stabilization can. But we don't have that in NYC. So this will keep on happening. Over and over and over. Until nothing authentic remains."

Come out this Saturday  and show the powers that be that we won't let our treasured NYC landmarks go quietly! Bring signs (make your own or print one from the #SaveNYC website) and prepare to make some noise!

Make no mistake, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act would've saved Neir's, along with countless other small businesses that are vital to the cultural and community fabric of New York City.

Rally sponsored by #SaveNYC, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, the NYC Artist Coalition,
Disappearing NYC, ASAP Activists, and the Rego-Forest Preservation Council.

Saturday, January 11th. 2pm
Neir's Tavern - 87-48 78th St, Woodhaven, NY