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Iconic Queens bar Neir's will remain open, saving Woodhaven staple from celebrating Sunday 'funeral'

Queens bar Neir’s Tavern, known for its ‘Goodfellas’ scenes, celebrated its 190th anniversary in 2019.
Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 07:40:50-05

WOODHAVEN, Queens — On the same day the owner of Neir's Tavern said he was preparing for the popular bar's funeral this Sunday, a deal has been reached to save the Queens landmark.

Neir's, which has a storied 190 year history and has been featured in "Goodfellas" and Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown," will stay open after it's rent rose drastically since the building was purchased in 2018.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the deal Friday evening. The mayor's office confirmed to PIX11 that the bar won't be closing its doors.

Neir's Tavern and Grill in Woodhaven is one of New York City's oldest bars — dating back to 1829 when it originally opened as the Blue Pump Room.

Owner Loy Gordon said he's now unable to keep paying employees and stay open, saying he couldn't negotiate an affording long-term lease. Gordon even tried to have the space landmarked, but failed.

Over the summer, the Woodhaven community held a fundraiser over the summer to keep Neir's afloat, but it still wasn't enough.