“You had painters coming in there, and poets,” wrote artist Larry Rivers in a November 5, 1979 New York piece about the Cedar Tavern.
Writers like Jack Kerouac (supposedly banned from the premises for peeing in a sink), Frank O’Hara, and Gregory Corso were some of the regulars.
But it was really more of an artist’s establishment, as Rivers explained:
“When you went to the bar, de Kooning was there and Franz Kline and Milton Resnick, and every writer who wrote about art . . . everybody would come down. That was the place to go—it was a scene.
“It was your neighborhood bar, but the neighborhood was really the art community, the downtown art community.”
Photos by Fred McDarrah, chronicler of the Village in the 1950s and 1960s.