The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York
This book was just announced as the WINNER of the USABookNews 2006 History: Media/Entertainment category!Everything important that has ever happened in New York began or ended in the City's best bars. From the deep mahogany of downtown to the polished brass of uptown, THE HISTORY AND STORIES OF THE BEST BARS OF NEW YORK recounts the drama, character and stories of the City's most important meeting places. Nearly fifty profiles containing vignettes of famous lore and little-known history are accented by stunning duotone images sure to intrigue both long-time New Yorkers and visitors to The City. THE HISTORY AND STORIES OF THE BEST BARS OF NEW YORK is a unique and necessary work, long overdue.
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The main value of this book is the photography and the addresses of the bars. However, there is good deal misinformation resulting from the failure of the author to do much serious research. For example, the author cites an ignorant hanger-on in McSorley's bar as her source for its history. She would have done better to have read the New York Times November 19, 1995; September 29, 1996; The 2004 AIA Guide to New York City; the Blue Guide To New York; An Architectual Guide to the Metropolis, McGraw Hill 2003; the City Directories in The New York Historical Society.Then she would have learned McSorley's opened in 1862 not 1854 as she claimed and Lincoln could not have gone there for an Ale in 1861.
the author fails to acknowledge that her information about the Bridge Cafe and Fanelli's Cafe was lifted from the research I had done for the owners. Even so she managed to insert some misinformation. There is no evidence whatever that Fanelli's building, 94 Prince Street, ever hosted a brothel. In addition, The White Horse, Old Town, and Petes Tavern are drenched in errors in this book.