This multi-part series will explore the histories, the legends and the luminaries of lost saloons, and how they helped to shape iconic cultural and literary neighborhoods as we know them today.
Drinking and writing have gone hand in hand since the first fermented berries were discovered in the Neolithic period which could be used for both drinking and cave painting. Fact: this has been scientifically proven. Source: I’m sure we can find the article again. Caves, the initial gathering hole for writers were quickly upgraded to the tavern, bar, or public house.
While many were once cultural institutions, sadly the destructive nature of earthquakes, fires, wars, economics, and gentrification have torn apart many of these iconic establishments, leaving us only memories, some titillating tales, and legendary literature.
In Part 1, we begin our stroll in one of the most influential cultural neighborhoods in NYC, in probably the most iconic and influential decade of that area in Bohemian Rhapsody: Bygone Village Bars We Wish We Could Visit