2015-04-01 / Front Page

Neir’s Tavern Celebrates Goodfellas Silver Anniversary

Guests at Neir’s Tavern watched a special screening of Martin Scorsese’s classic film, Goodfellas, starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. Released in 1990, the film used Neir’s as one of its prime locations.Guests at Neir’s Tavern watched a special screening of Martin Scorsese’s classic film, Goodfellas, starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. Released in 1990, the film used Neir’s as one of its prime locations.In 1990, Martin Scorsese made Goodfellas, one of his most famous movies, on the streets of Queens. And it was Neir’s Tavern of Woodhaven, the oldest bar in operation in New York City, which served as one of the One of the main story lines in Goodfellas is the real-life Lufthansa heist in which millions were stolen from the cargo area at Kennedy Airport. Kerry Whalen, the Lufthansa Airlines security guard on duty the night of the infamous 1978 heist came to tell his story. Loycent Gordon, the owner of Neir’s Tavern, accepted a gift from Whalen: a poster of his new tell-all book, Inside The Lufthansa Heist.Photos Jason D. AntosOne of the main story lines in Goodfellas is the real-life Lufthansa heist in which millions were stolen from the cargo area at Kennedy Airport. Kerry Whalen, the Lufthansa Airlines security guard on duty the night of the infamous 1978 heist came to tell his story. Loycent Gordon, the owner of Neir’s Tavern, accepted a gift from Whalen: a poster of his new tell-all book, Inside The Lufthansa Heist.Photos Jason D. Antosfilm’s main locales. On March 27, Neir’s which opened in 1829, and where Mae West made her show biz debut also served as a watering hole for patrons of the Union Course racetrack across the street, held a special screening of the crime classic in observation of its 25th anniversary. More than 100 patrons packed the place and were also treated to a live appearance from Kerry Whalen, the Lufthansa Airlines security guard on duty at Kennedy Airport the night of the infamous Lufthansa heist, which serves as a major plot point in the film. “This is such an historic place and we want everyone who lives in the city to come down and be a part of it,” said owner Loycent Gordon. For more information, visit www.neirstavern.com.
                                                                                                                           —Jason D. Antos

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