THE BLUE PUMP RM OPENED 1855 RENAMED FOR THE RACETRACK A HOTEL THEATER MAE WEST PERFORMED & SCORSESE FILMED GOODFELLOWS HERE RENAMED NEIRS
Got all that? If you're a fan of punctuation (and correctly spelled movie titles), you might find this history of Neir's Tavern a bit more comprehensible. You can also see some great old photos of the place here and read a sentimental NY Times tribute to the pre-renovation Neir's here. I don't know what accounts for the discrepancy in opening dates — 1829 vs. 1853 vs. 1855 — found in different sources, but, in any case, Neir's is one of the oldest bars in the country.