(New York) We lived through the Civil War, two world conflicts, September 11th and COVID-19. New York’s oldest saloon has been standing for 170 years, serving beer and burgers, and is part of the history of America’s megacity. .

What’s the secret behind McSorley’s Old Ale House, which has been in Manhattan’s East Village since 1854? “Keep the beer flowing and the doors open,” sums up boss Teresa Maher. She succeeded her father, Matthew Maher, in 1994 and served as manager of the New York facility from 1977 until her death in 2020.

“It’s a very famous little place,” she told AFP.The Blonde and the Brunette, the only alcoholic beverages at the black-and-green American-Irish pub, which opened seven years before the outbreak, told AFP. He spoke while taking out only two cups. Due to the effects of the Civil War (1861-1865), it was run by just three of her family members.

“After 170 years, many people still come to see if we are still there,” laughs M.myself Maher’s motto on the pub’s website is “We were here before you were born.”

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McSorley’s Old Ale House just celebrated its 170th anniversarye Celebrating the birthday with cake and song, like many New York bars, restaurants and cafes, celebrates the fact that it was held despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which the city is recovering from.

In 2020, the city imposed strict health rules, requiring restaurants to sell takeout or serve food on hastily constructed terraces on sidewalks.

One in 25 food businesses has disappeared, according to a 2022 report, especially due to the dizzying rise in commercial lease prices post-pandemic.

“Either be nice or leave.”

“We own the wall and it will protect us for the time being,” Mr. M hopes.myself Mr. Maher applies another historic American commandment to his customers. Will it get better or disappear? » (“Be nice or leave”).

It’s hard to imagine now, but until 1970, before McSorley’s Old Ale House was legally forced to admit men and women, another old tavern’s motto was “Good beer, onions, and…women.” I was proud of my refusal.

The place is rustic and the decor has changed little since the early 20th century.e century. The floor is old and covered with sawdust.

The food and drink menu is limited to burgers/fries, hot dogs, several sandwiches including the famous liver patty, two beers, and three sodas.

Prices are much cheaper than Estaminet in New York.

This explains why ordinary consumers, curious people and tourists continue to push open the swinging doors of saloons.

Türkiye in 1917

One of his oldest customers is 93-year-old retired firefighter Mike Russo, whose No. 6 helmet hangs on the bar wall.

McSorley’s Old Ale House also takes pride in its close ties to New York’s firefighters, police, and military.

With a moment in history.

In 1917, before being sent to Europe during World War I, the 69-year-olde The New York Infantry left with turkeys that families had cooked in restaurant kitchens.

And the pub is just three kilometers from the site of the World Trade Center, where the twin towers were destroyed by planes dispatched by al-Qaeda jihadists on September 11, 2001, killing around 3,000 people.

“The September 11th memorial service here is crazy,” confesses one patron, retired police officer Phil Lavigne.

And his successor is already certain. Sebastian Maher, 19, said: “After watching (his mother’s) work, of course I want to run McSorley’s Old Ale House one day.”

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