October 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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'Tis the season for ghost stories and an old town like New York is full of haunted places. Some of those haunted places just happen to be some of the oldest Irish pubs in the city. The Landmark Tavern, a Hell's Kitchen fixture since 1868, is one of those places.
The upscale Irish pub, once the haunt of longshoremen and the Westies Irish-American street gang, has seen its share of shady characters over the years. And some of them have stuck around. The pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier who died there after being stabbed to death in a fight shortly after the Civil War. He frequently removes books from the bookshelf of the second floor party room and the bathtub he was said to have died in remains.
Another frequent ghost siting is that of a 19th century Irish girl who died of cholera or typhoid fever. But her spirit continues to wander around the building's third floor.
Even the ghost of Hollywood actor George Raft, who played the heavy in a number of 1930s gangster movies, is said to make an occasional appearance. Raft grew up in Hell's Kitchen in the early 20th century and was a frequent patron of the Landmark throughout his adult life.
This meetup is definitely not for the faint of heart. ;-) But if you can stand a good scare, please join us for a fun-filled night. Even if no ghosts make an appearance, we'll be able to enjoy an evening in one of New York's oldest Irish pubs, meticulously restored to its Victorian era charm with original mahogany bar, tile floors and stamped tin ceiling.
Meet at the bar for drinks and food around 7. Michael Younge, a native of Cork, Ireland and one of the co-proprietors of the Landmark, will be our host for the evening. We'll get a guided tour and get to hear from the staff of their first-hand encounters with the resident ghosts and specters.
It should be a fun night, see you there.