Happy St. Patricks Day everyone! The Irish have a long and complex history in New York City and today we post celebrating what’s considered to be the oldest Irish tavern’s in the city. Originally called The Old House at Home McSorley’s says that it opened in 1854 (this fact has been somewhat debated). Originally a men-only establishment, women were officially allowed in on August 10, 1970, after National Organization for Women attorneys Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow filed a discrimination case against the bar and won. The bar serves a s a sort of reliquary. Allegedly none of their memorabilia has been removed since 1910, and there are many items of “historical” paraphernalia in the bar. One of these items? An official invitation for the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. There are also wishbones hanging above the bar; supposedly they were hung there by soldiers going off to World War I, to be removed when they returned.
X2010.11.5265 [McSorley’s Old Ale House.] gelatin silver print