Neir’s: 190 years in a row

Neir’s is history.

It’s history in a glass and a mug. It’s history just sitting on a bar stool.

The Woodhaven watering hole is marking its 190th year on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a day-long block party starting at noon.

As best as anyone can tell, the bar at the corner of 78th Street and 87th Avenue first opened in October 1829 as The Blue Pump Room, across the road from the Union Course Race track, a good spot for a bar to be apparently.

Saturday’s celebration is the opening round of what owner Loy Gordon says will be a walkup to Neir’s bicentennial in 2029.

— Michael Shain